Statutory Law

Statutory Law is the term used to define written laws, usually enacted by a legislative body. Statutory laws vary from regulatory or administrative laws that are passed by executive agencies, and common law, or the law created by prior court decisions.

Unlike common law, which is subject to interpretation in its application by the court, statutory laws are generally strictly construed by courts. Strict construction means that courts are generally not able to read between the liens of a statute in order to liberalize its application. Rather, they will be bound by its express terms.

As legislative enactments, statutory laws follow the usual process of legislation. A bill is proposed in the legislature and voted upon. If approved, it passes to the executive branch (either a governor at the state level or the president at the federal level). If the executive signs the bill it passes into law as a statute. If the executive fails or refuses to sign the bill, it can be vetoed and sent back to the legislature. In most instances, if the legislature again passes the bill by a set margin it becomes a statute.

Statutes are also recorded, or codified, in writing and published. Statutory law usually becomes effective on a set date written into the bill. Statutes can be overturned by a later legislative enactment or if found unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction.

For more information on statutory laws, please review the materials listed below.


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