Interpretation Act

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, Singapore 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.




  • The Interpretation Act, RSC 1985, c I-21

Hong Kong

  • The General Clauses and Interpretation Ordinance 1966[1]


New Zealand

  • The Interpretation Act 1999 (No 85)[2]
  • The Interpretation Amendment Act 2005 (No 13)

Republic of Ireland


United Kingdom

Lord Brougham's Act has been described as an interpretation Act.[5]

Act of the Scottish Parliament

  • The Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 10)

Act of the Parliament of Northern Ireland

Measure of the Church Assembly

  • The Interpretation Measure 1925

See also


  1. "Hong Kong e-Legislation".
  2. "Interpretation Act 1999 No 85 (as at 01 January 2014), Public Act Contents – New Zealand Legislation".
  3. (eISB), electronic Irish Statute Book. "electronic Irish Statute Book (eISB)".
  4. (eISB), electronic Irish Statute Book. "electronic Irish Statute Book (eISB)".
  5. Loveland, Ian. Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Human Rights. Third Edition. Butterworths. 2003. Page 67.