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How to read an Act


  • Commencement dates are often crucial when offences or penalties are altered because the law applicable is the law at the date of the incident.
  • Acts sometimes repeal other Acts or certain provisions of Acts. This may be done expressly or by implication.
  • If an Act contains transitional provisions then that law will apply in the changeover from the old regime to the new.
  • Acts often authorise the making of delegated legislation which permits the Executive Council (or the authorised body) to make specific provisions about the subject matter of the Act.
How to read an Act  :  Last Revised: Thu Jul 31st 2014
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