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Sarah is studying the principles of statutory interpretation in her law course. During a seminar, her professor explains how judges interpret statutes when the literal meaning of the words would lead to an absurd result. The professor gives an example of a case where the judge had to look beyond the literal words to avoid an unjust outcome. 


Which rule of statutory interpretation is being described?

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The Golden Rule is applied by judges when the literal interpretation of a statute's wording would result in an absurd or unjust outcome. This rule allows judges to modify the meaning of the words to avoid such results, ensuring the law is applied fairly and reasonably. In contrast, the Literal Rule involves taking the plain meaning of the words, the Purposive Approach looks at the broader purpose behind the legislation, and the Mischief Rule considers the problem the statute was intended to remedy. 


Key Point: The Golden Rule is a crucial tool in statutory interpretation, helping to balance strict adherence to legislative wording with the need to achieve just and reasonable legal outcomes.

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