A codifying statute does not exclude reference to earlier case laws on the subject for the purpose of true interpretation of the words.
The reference of the previous legislations is for the reason of removal of ambiguity.
Codifying statutes systematizes case-law as well as statutes.2.
A codifying statute should be interpreted according to the normal canons of constructions and recourse to repealed enactments can be taken generally to solve any ambiguity.3.
In common law systems, such as that of England and Wales, codification is the process of converting and consolidating judge-made law into statute law.
Ancient Sumer's Code of Ur-Nammu was compiled circa 2050–1230 BC, and is the earliest known surviving civil code.
To conclude, the difference between a consolidating and codifying statutes are that the aim of a consolidating statute is to enact a complete code on a particular subject by not only compilation but also by addition but a codifying statute states exhaustively the whole of the law upon a particular subject.
The primary rule of construction of a consolidating statute is to examine the language used in the statute itself without any reference to the repealed statutes.
In law, codification is the process of collecting and restating the law of a jurisdiction in certain areas, usually by subject, forming a legal code, i.e. Codification is the defining feature of civil law jurisdictions.
This formed the basis of the Chinese criminal code, which was then replaced by the Great Qing Legal Code, which was in turn abolished in 1912 following the Xinhai Revolution and the establishment of the Republic of China.
The new laws of the Republic of China were inspired by the German codified work, the Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch.
A very influential example in Europe was the French Napoleonic code of 1804.