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During a trial, various arguments are presented to the judge regarding the exact meaning of a particular section of a relevant statute. When deciding the case, the judge first considers the natural ordinary meaning of the words used. However, this interpretation results in an absurd outcome. The judge then interprets the words differently to avoid the absurdity. What method of statutory interpretation has the judge used?

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The golden rule of statutory interpretation allows a judge to depart from the literal meaning of words to avoid an absurd result. In this scenario, the judge initially considers the literal interpretation but changes the interpretation to avoid absurdity, demonstrating the application of the golden rule.

Key Point: The golden rule is a modification of the literal rule and is used to prevent outcomes that are nonsensical or unjust, ensuring that the legislative intent is respected without leading to absurd consequences.

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