Statutory Liability

Definition - What does Statutory Liability mean?

Statutory liability is when a person is held responsible for an act that is contradictory to a well established law. An example of this is the statutory liability not to drive drunk. It is illegal. The law is not open to interpretation.

Justipedia explains Statutory Liability

The term statutory liability is derived from statute (responsibility for statute). All people are required to know what is illegal. Ignorance is not an excuse or a defense to breaking the law.

When the term statutory liability is used, it means that the statute (or law) in question is not open to interpretation. Many laws are written in a very broad manner. They are written to cover a multitude of situations. Then, the court decides how the law applies on a case by case basis. However, this is not true of statutory liabilities. These laws are not open to the court's interpretation. Drunk driving, for instance, would not be justified by the court. All drivers have a stuatutory liability to not drive if their BAC is over the legal limit.

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