2011 California Code
Penal Code
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS
Section 4


CA Penal Code § 4 (through 2012 Leg Sess) What's This?

The rule of the common law, that penal statutes are to be strictly construed, has no application to this Code. All its provisions are to be construed according to the fair import of their terms, with a view to effect its objects and to promote justice.

(Enacted 1872.)

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