Act of Tynwald

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An Act of Tynwald is a statute passed by Tynwald, the parliament of the Isle of Man.


Acts of Tynwald are structured in a similar format to Acts of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.


Originally, each Act began with the following formula:

In later Acts, this was modernised as follows:

Modern-day Acts now omit this formula altogether.

Long title[edit]

Each Act has a long title, which summarises the purpose of the statute. An example from a Customs Act is:

Enacting formula[edit]

The substantive provisions of the Act are preceded by an enacting formula, which is currently worded as follows:

Until 1 January 2008, a longer form of words had been used:

In earlier Acts, commencing with the revestment of the island to the British Crown, the following form was used:

Short title and citation[edit]

In modern times, Acts of Tynwald have specified a short title by which they may be cited for convenience; e.g. "Isle of Man Constitution Act 1961". Acts from the 1970s onwards can also be cited by year and chapter number; e.g. "1990 c. 3".

In British legislation, Acts of Tynwald are cited by the short title, with the addition of the text "(An Act of Tynwald)"; similarly, British legislation is referenced in Manx law by the short title and "(An Act of Parliament)".

Secondary legislation[edit]

The Isle of Man also has a form of delegated legislation, in the form of rules, orders and regulations made under authority of a particular Act of Tynwald. These can be either in an affirmative form (Tynwald must vote to bring them into effect), or a negative form (they will have effect unless one or more members of Tynwald seeks a vote on the matter).


As of 2006, the government printer for Acts of Tynwald is The Copy Shop in Bucks Road, Douglas.

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