In Pari Materia
Statutes or document provisions that relate to the same person or subject. In the construction or interpretation of a statute of instrument, the various provisions of the statute or instrument and all other acts or instruments on the same subject or having the same purpose are to be read together as one law or agreement, giving equal importance to each. Source: Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, 5th Edition; ©
"Sections 776.012 and 776.051, Florida Statutes (1974), were both enacted as a part of the same act. See Laws of Florida, Chapter 74-383. Statutes that are a part of a single act must be read in pari materia. Major v. State, 180 So.2d 335, 337 n. 1 (Fla. 1965). The effect of reading these statutes in pari materia is to permit an individual to defend himself against unlawful or excessive force, even when being arrested."