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Recognized as a core text on statutory construction by the American Bar Association and others, Sutherland Statutes and Statutory Construction lays out the principles of statutory interpretation and helps you develop your own theories and positions supported by these principles and, by analysis, of the legislative process itself.
Topics include legislative power, legislative organization and procedure, legislative form, legislative applicability, statutory interpretation, and application of the principles of statutory construction in selected areas of substantive law.
Every point discussed in Sutherland includes extensive citations from both federal and state jurisdictions, which provide strong support for the proposition and also for contrary positions. In the 2021-2022 Supplement, new discussion and thousands of new case citations from across federal and state jurisdictions have been added throughout the nine volumes of the set, including the new Eighth Edition volumes. Existing citations have been reviewed for later history and updated where necessary.
With the August 2018 update, author Shambie Singer initiated the Eighth Edition, introducing its first three volumes. Volumes 3A-3C cover the application of the rules of statutory interpretation in selected areas of substantive law. Since 2018, Volume 3 of the Eighth Edition was issued in 2020 and Volume 2 was issued in 2022.
Completely rewritten, the Eighth Edition represents over a decade of sustained research and analysis. These new volumes build substantially on Sutherland's venerable, 130-year foundation and framework to reflect the most current doctrinal trends and results. For a more detailed discussion introducing the Eighth Edition, see the Introduction at the What's New or updated link.
Sutherland was cited in over 94 federal and state courts in 2021, including the opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court in Facebook, Inc. v. Duguid, 141 S. Ct. 1163 (2021). So far in 2022, the Court has cited Sutherland in Wooden v. United States, 142 S. Ct. 1063 (2022). This treatise continues to prove that it is the essential source for practitioners in understanding the legislative process and the principles of interpreting statutes.