Fundamental characteristics of judicial interpretation
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judicial interpretation
legal formalism
the free law movement
natural law
positive law
characteristics of judicial interpretation

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Tomuleț, Cristina. 2018. “Fundamental Characteristics of Judicial Interpretation”. Studia Iurisprudentia 63 (4), 64-111.


In the present study, I analyse three fundamental characteristics of judicial interpretation with the aim of highlighting its nature. To that end, I discuss interpretation as a rational and intuitive act, as a source of legal argumentation and as an act of volition.

Regarding the first characteristic of interpretation, I conclude that judicial interpretation can only be the result of intertwining reason and intuition, as a balanced solution to the extreme positions promoted by legal formalism and the free law movement. At the same time, I consider that the use of intuition in the context of judicial interpretation allows the integration of natural law in positive law systems. Concerning the second characteristic of interpretation, I consider that interpretation gives birth to legal argumentation due to the imprecise character of the legal language and also due to the various interests that may be protected via different interpretations of the same legal norm. Finally, I underline that judicial interpretation inevitably becomes an act of volition in the more controversial cases situated at the border of the intended scope of legal norms.

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