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Affecting existing rights, duties, and situations and addressing past conduct
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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 to 22 of the Interpretation Act 1999 contain savings provisions and transitional provisions that apply to all legislation unless express words to the contrary are used or the context of new legislation requires otherwise.
If the provisions of the Interpretation Act 1999 sufficiently address the issue, they should be used. If they do not satisfactorily address the issue, or if 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.