View this discussion paper as a PDF (230KB) Introduction1 Interpretation Act 19992 Areas where change is needed3 Areas for further consideration and development Appendix Draft Legislation (Interpretation) Amendment Bill This paper seeks your views on the proposal to update and re-enact the Interpretation Act 1999 in the Legislation Act 2012.
The proposals in this paper, therefore, are designed to complete implementation of the Law Commission’s recommendations.
The opportunity is also being taken to propose some minor technical improvements to the Interpretation Act 1999 to address judicial developments, and operational issues identified by the Parliamentary Counsel Office (PCO), since 1999.
Two proposals relate to how the interpretation rules apply and to the status of examples (which are increasingly used in legislation today).
The paper also sets out some areas for later consideration and development.
The Government has yet to make decisions on the proposals in the paper but if they are to be progressed, legislation would be required.
Draft provisions, which would implement the proposals, are set out in the Legislation (Interpretation) Amendment Bill in the Appendix to this paper.