Reading a statute part 2 of 3

The main body of the Act follows the enacting formula.

Activity : Describe 5 of the main body of a statute

Below, click on the plus icon next to the name of the part of the statute which will then reveal a highlighted version of the relevant part of the statute and a short explanation.

In a long Act, the main body may be divided into Parts. Each Part may cover a different subject or geographical area.

The Act or its Parts are subdivided into sections which are numbered in chronological order.

Sections may have subsections. Subsections are numbered in standard type and enclosed in brackets. Abbreviated to ss.

Subsections may have paragraphs. Paragraphs are indicated by lower case letters in brackets.

Sections of a statute may appear under headings, also known as cross-headings. These headings may introduce groups of sections relating to a specific group of rules.

You should also be aware that marginal notes were included in statutes, until 2001 statutes, which may serve to help when interpreting statutes. Marginal notes act as a tool to enable those reading the legislation to interpret it in accordance to the intention of Parliament.