- Section 3 Preview
- 1. Commencement provisions
- 2. Expiry Provisions
Module 1: Section 3
This Section deals with two components commonly found among preliminary provisions, both relating to the temporal operation of legislation. First, we look at the steps that may be needed to prescribe the date or dates on which legislation is to come into force (“commencement provisions”). Secondly, we consider provisions that set limits on the length of time legislation may have effect (“expiry” provisions), which are required much less often. Although they have direct effect upon the application of legislation, these features support substantive provisions.
This Section is designed to enable you to:
Frequent reference is made throughout this section to the model Interpretation Act in the Resource Materials. You should keep it handy when you are working with this Section.
In this Section the objectives are to enable you to draft provisions for the commencement and expiry of legislation.
This Section is divided into two subsections organised in terms of the following questions:
Your aim in this Section is to become familiar with the way these provisions are dealt with in your jurisdiction and to gain an understanding of when they are needed (since neither is necessarily required) and how they are drafted. This is a short Section and not complicated.