Intrinsic aids to statutory interpretation
Matters within the statute itself which help to make certain words or phrases clearer.
The main intrinsic aids are:
• the long title of the Act which may briefly explain Parliament’s intentions;
• the short title of the Act;
• the preamble which is usually found in older Acts and which explains the purpose of the law;
• sections within the Act which explain the purpose of the Act;
• sections within the Act which contain definitions of words and phrases;
• any other sections in the Act which may make the meaning clearer;
• any heading used before a group of sections;
• schedules attached to the Act.