Legislation - ICLR
In a democracy, Parliament is sovereign and the laws it passes, known as Acts of Parliament or statutes, take precedence over any other source of law. Statutes can be amended or repealed by later legislation, so it is important not only to be able to find the legislation that applies to a particular situation, but also to find out whether it has been affected by a later enactment.
Statutes are known as primary legislation. A statute can also delegate to another person, usually a minister of the government, the power to enact secondary legislation, known as a statutory instrument. This usually takes the form of an order or regulations. Secondary legislation can also be amended or repealed, either by primary legislation (statutes) or a later statutory instrument.
In this section you’ll find detailed discussion of various aspects of legislation. We’ll be adding new articles regularly, so if you’re interested please sign up for updates.
- Primary and secondary legislation
- Who makes our laws?
- Parliament v the courts: who is sovereign?
- On a hiding to eternity: the value of vellum
- Looking for legislation on ICLR.3
- Consequential repeals and amendments
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