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Secondary Legislation

Statutory Rules

Statutory Rules are made to bring subordinate legislation law. Primary legislation (Acts) provides the powers to make subordinate legislation in the form of Statutory Rules (Regulations, Rules, Order and Bye-laws).

In general terms primary legislation provides the framework and subordinate legislation contains the details. As primary legislation takes up Assembly time, changes and amendments to the content of various legal measures can be made more quickly by the subordinate legislation process.

Proposals for Non-Executive Bills during the 2016-2017 Mandate

Most primary legislation that passes through the Northern Ireland Assembly is brought forward by the relevant Minister. Bills can also be introduced by an individual Member or Assembly Committees.

Click here to learn more and to see a list of Non-Executive Bills that were in development during the 2016-17 mandate.

Secondary Legislation

Examiner of Statutory Rules

The Examiner assists the Assembly and the appropriate Committees (that is, the Statutory Committees) in the technical scrutiny of statutory rules and draft statutory rules which are subject to procedures before the Assembly.

Learn more here.

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