A literal interpretation of a statute or document by a court.
- In accordance with the basic rule of statutory interpretation, a penal enactment will not be given a strict construction if other interpretive factors weigh more heavily in the scales.
- A strict construction, such as might be adopted for ordinary taxation legislation, is inappropriate.
- The further advantage of a strict construction was that one simply had to read the enforcement notices to discover whether the breaches which founded each enforcement notice were the same.
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