Declaratory Statute Law and Legal Definition

Declaratory statute is a statute enacted to clarify prior law by reconciling conflicting judicial decisions or by explaining the meaning of a prior statute. Declaratory statute merely declares the existing law without proposing any additions or changes. The purpose of a declaratory statute is to declare or settle the law where its correct interpretation has been doubtful or uncertain.

Declaratory statute is a statute which is expressive of the common law. [Gray v. Bennett, 44 Mass. 522, 527 (Mass. 1842)]