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Do the provisions in the Interpretation Act 1999 apply?

Legislation should not include specific transitional provisions if the generic provisions in the Interpretation Act 1999 satisfactorily address the issues.


Sections 17–22 of the Interpretation Act contain savings provisions and transitional provisions that will apply to all legislation unless express words to the contrary are used or the context of the new legislation requires otherwise.

Where the provisions of the Interpretation Act sufficiently address the issue, they should be used. Where they do not satisfactorily address the issue, or where there is a good reason for departing from them, it will be necessary to draft specific transitional or savings provisions. Early advice should be sought from legal advisers and the PCO.

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