Legislation is law made by Parliament. It consists of:
- Acts (also known as statutes)
- Subordinate and delegated legislation (this refers to rules, regulations, by-laws and orders, legislative instruments created pursuant to an Act of Law)
- Bills (a proposal for a new law, or change to an existing law).
Legislation and associated documents, (extrinsic materials) are published in hard-copy and also available online.
Extrinsic materials are extremely useful in the legal research process. These materials are not included in Acts, but derived from external sources and can help clarify the meaning intended by Parliament. It may be in the form of explanatory memoranda, parliamentary speeches or law reform commission reports. This information can help you understand, define or interpret the meaning and intent of the law.