24/04 Lecture 15: The Interpretation Act:
Not very much of what Donna is saying is examinable- the article
by David McGee, and an amendment after that which are
Do not need to remember the citations in an essay- if you want to
say the skycity case, just write “Skycity”.
May 9 , writing an opinion on a piece of legislation under
Interpretation Act: Context
Roots in the New Zealand Law Commission- law reform body
Made the proposal that they make legislation as easy as
possible to read and understand.
Drafted a statute, and long after some of it came into force
as an amended version of the Interpretation Act.
A new component in legislation
Does not carry more weight than any other section, neither
will it override other sections
Amendments to Interpretation Act:
Quilter- lots of references which excluded non-married
couples and were therefore discriminatory.
So to all of these sections, was added “de facto partner,
civil union etc.” and definitions of these were added to the
2. Purposes of this Act- the purposes of this Act are-
(a) to state principles and rules for the interpretation of legislation; and
(b) to shorten legislation; and
(c) to promote consistency in the language and form of legislation.
The Law is a social contract which binds us- we all need to be
able to understand that law.
If law is consistent in appearance, language, drafting etc. would
make it much easier to debate and get through Parliament.
Commission talked about tense, size of sentences, language used,
format and use of “white space”- plain drafting.
Law commission proposal:
An enactment comes into force 28 days after the day on which, in the case
of an Act, it is assented to, or, in the case of regulations, it is made. In order for the law be disseminated, so the population could
know how to adhere to the new law.
INTERPRETATION ACT 1999
8. Date of commencements of Acts- (1) An Act… comes into force on the
date stated or provided in the Act for the commencement of