Last Antecedent Rule Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Last Antecedent Rule, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Last Antecedent Rule?

(n) Doctrine of last Antecedent rules refers the application of qualification to the immediately preceding references when more than one references are contained in the sentences or provision, unless otherwise it was clearly evident that it refers to a different reference contained there in. Eg. A provision stipulate teachers, parents with mentally retarded kids must attend the ……, here the qualification ‘mentally retarded kids’ refers to the parents as per last antecedent rule. Even though the teachers comes last, since the kids refers to parents, it applies to parents in this case.