Contract interpretation requires examination first of the four corners of the written instrument to determine the intent of the parties hol gar mfg corp v united states 351 f2d 972 ct cl 1965 an interpretation will be rejected if it leaves portions of the contract language useless inexplicable inoperative meaningless or superfluous. Principles of contractual interpretation second edition richard calnan re evaluates and distills the rules of the construction of contracts clearly sets out ten principles for interpretation of contracts with discussion of their practical effect discusses related concepts including implied terms rectification and estoppel by convention. Interpretative process certain principles or tools of interpretation have been provided by the redactors of the louisiana civil code and by the courts whether legislatively or jurisprudentially provided these principles of contractual interpretation are important both to the practitioner and the business person who. This is the first in a series of articles about principles of contract interpretation read part 2 here and part 3 here every day a party to a lawsuit in mississippi calls upon the court to make a ruling as to the meaning of a a contract. There are broad principles of contract interpretation rather than strict rules that will be applied by the court if a dispute arises as to what a contract means the key point is to get your contract right and clear at the outset before you sign
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