Image of the Hon. Patrick Keane at his desk
Wednesday 22nd March 2023

Seminar | 4:45 PM-6:00 PM

Knowing how to interpret and apply statutes is essential for all judicial officers.

Join former High Court judge the Hon. Patrick Keane AC KC as he unpacks the principles and challenges of the modern approach to statutory interpretation.  

In this twilight session, he will explain: 

  • the guiding principles of statutory interpretation 
  • the application of stare decisis and statutory precedent, through an examination of the High Court of Australia’s reasoning in Aubrey v The Queen (2017) 260 CLR 305 (per the majority Kiefel CJ, Keane, Nettle and Edelman JJ)  
  • how to find meaning in the text 
  • how to use extrinsic materials 
  • how to resolve ambiguity in statute.

The Hon. Patrick Keane AC KC, former Justice of the High Court of Australia