Baron Parke's Rule Law and Legal Definition

Baron Parke's rule is a principle of statutory construction that allows a judge to depart from a word's normal or literal meaning in order to avoid some manifest absurdity. Generally, while construing written instruments, a court should adhere to the grammatical and ordinary sense of the words. However, if the literal interpretation leads to an absurd or unjust result, or even to an inconsistency within the statute itself, the statute should be interpreted in a way that avoids such a result or inconsistency. This is also known as the Golden Rule.