Interpretation Act

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Interpretation Act (with its variations) is a stock short title used for legislation in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom relating to interpretation of legislation. The Bill for an Act with this short title will have been known as the Interpretation Bill during its passage through Parliament.

Interpretation Acts may be a generic name either for legislation bearing that short title or for all legislation which relates to interpretation.




Hong Kong[edit]


New Zealand[edit]

Republic of Ireland[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Lord Brougham's Act has been described as an interpretation Act.[1]

Act of the Scottish Parliament

Act of the Parliament of Northern Ireland

Measure of the Church Assembly

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Loveland, Ian. Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Human Rights. Third Edition. Butterworths. 2003. Page 67.