Literal Rule Law and Legal Definition

Literal rule is a rule used to interpreting statutes. This rule explains what the law is rather than explaining what the law means. When interpreting a statute, the courts generally applies the literal rule first before applying any other rules of interpretation. In literal rule, the words in a statute are given its plain, ordinary, and literal meaning. While applying the literal rule, the law is read word by word and without diverting from its true meaning.