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Overview Of The Interpretation Act

In This Volume

The Act is a legislative dictionary which aids in the interpretation of Acts and regulations. It provides statutory definitions, rules of construction, rules of interpretation, and substantive rules of law. The Act also aids in the development of consistent legislative drafting and serves as a convenient and accessible repository for common definitions and rules.


Unless a contrary intention appears, the Act applies to every enactment, whether enacted before or after its commencement, including the Act itself. Therefore, it is good practice to check the Act for rules affecting other statutes and the meanings of words used in them.

The extracts included here are those most relevant to the Acts cited in this Manual.