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Revised Statutes of Newfoundland 1990




1. Short title

2. Enacting clause

3. Clause to follow enacting clause in concise form

4. Assent and endorsement

5. Arrangement of Acts by chapters

6. Printing, binding, attesting and preservation of statutes

7. Publication of statutes

Short title

1. This Act may be cited as the Statutes Act.

RSN1970 c362 s1

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Enacting clause

2. The enacting clause of a statute shall be in the following form:

Be it enacted by the Lieutenant-Governor and House of Assembly in Legislative Session convened, as follows:

RSN1970 c362 s2

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Clause to follow enacting clause in concise form

3. The enacting clause shall follow the preamble, where there is one, and the various clauses within the purview or body of the statute shall follow in a concise and enunciative form.

RSN1970 c362 s3

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Assent and endorsement

4. The Clerk of the House of Assembly shall endorse on an Act, immediately after the title of the Act, the day, month, and year when it was assented to by the Lieutenant-Governor or reserved by him or her for the signification of the pleasure of the Governor-General; and in the latter case the clerk shall endorse upon it the day, month, and year when the Lieutenant-Governor has signified, either by speech or message to the House of Assembly, or by proclamation, that it was laid before the Governor-General in Council and that the Governor-General was pleased to assent to it and the endorsement shall be taken to be part of the Act, and the date of that assent or signification shall be the date of the commencement of the Act where no other date of commencement is provided.

RSN1970 c362 s4

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Arrangement of Acts by chapters

5. (1) Acts shall be cited and entitled as chapters and Acts shall be arranged by chapters numbered consecutively from the beginning to the end of each calendar year, thus "Chapter 1" of that year.

(2) In an Act, regulation, instrument or document an Act may be cited by reference to its short title or to its long title, either with or without reference to its chapter number and the year in which it was passed.

1977 c7 s1

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Printing, binding, attesting and preservation of statutes

6. (1) An Act of the Legislature or a public document shall not be required to be on parchment, but the Act or public document, being wholly or in part written, typewritten, or printed on paper, shall be valid as if written on parchment, but nothing contained in this Act shall be construed to mean that it was necessary to the validity of an Act or other public document previously passed or made that the Act or public document should be or have been on parchment.

(2) Bills as finally passed by the House of Assembly, together with amendments, shall be signed on the 1st page and initialled on subsequent pages by the Clerk of the House of Assembly, before being presented to the Lieutenant-Governor or officer administering the government of the province, for signature by him or her.

(3) The Bills so passed shall, at the close of a calendar year, be durably and uniformly bound and after that binding shall be deposited with the Registrar General of Newfoundland for safekeeping.

RSN1970 c362 s6; 1977 c7 s2; 1979 c51 s28

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Publication of statutes

7. The statutes shall be published under the superintendence of the Queen's Printer.

1981 c58 s3

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