7 December, 2006

Delegated Legislation – Revision

Filed under: domestic law,Revision — legaleasy @ 6:05 pm

Today we revised the topic of Delegated Legislation. This is a good topic to study as it usually always turns up in the exam.

Delegated legislation is law made by another person or body other than Parliament under an enabling or parent act.

You will need to know about the three main types of D.L;-

1. Orders in Council – made by the Privy Council and generally only used in times of war or in exceptional circumstances.
2. Statutory instruments – made by Government ministers. These are the most common type of D.L and an example is the rules governing Legal Aid.
3. Bye-laws – these are made by local government or other bodies that deal with the public (for example airport authorities). An example would be the ban on drinking in public places.

You also need to know the advantages (flexibility and time saving) and disadvantages (undemocratic and lack of scrutiny) of D.L as well how D.L is controlled (generally by the parent act and also by Parliament and the Courts).

You will find all that you need to know by looking in your notes and the revision guides and sheets provided. Please look at previous entries on the Blog too.

Any problems – come and see me.


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