Statutory Interpretation Rules In Maine

Statutory interpretation is a matter of law. Estate of Spear, 1997 ME 15, P6, 689 A.2d 590, 591. The trial court's decision on a matter of law is reviewed de novo. Id. "The fundamental rule in statutory construction is that words must be given their plain ordinary meaning." Id., 1997 ME 15, P7, 689 A.2d at 591. In interpreting a statute, moreover, this court reads the plain meaning of the statutory language in order to give effect to the intent of the legislature. Id. "'When the meaning of the statute is clear, there is no need to look beyond the words, unless the result is illogical or absurd.'" Id., 1997 ME 15, P7, 689 A.2d at 592.