Giving Voice To Statutes – If You Don’t Understand Diathesis, You May Not Understand The Statute

Although rules of grammar may be a distant memory for many lawyers, the rules of grammar can be important to statutory construction. Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS)┬áSection 0.025(1) establishes specific rules for the interpretation of statutes using “may”, “must”, “shall” and “is entitled”. ┬áThus, “‘must’ expresses a requirement when: (1) the subject is a thing, whether