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Statute Revision Act

[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 440

Contents
1Preparation of revision
2Revision powers
3Revision to be submitted to committee of Legislative Assembly
4Approved revision to be deposited as official copy
5How revision comes into force
6Title and publication of revision
7Repeal of previous version of statutes
8Legal effect of revision
9How references are to be interpreted
10Interim corrections to revision
11Interpretation Act applies
12Statute corrections generally

Preparation of revision

1  The Chief Legislative Counsel may prepare

(a) a general revision consisting of the public Acts enacted before a date chosen by the Chief Legislative Counsel together with those other Acts considered advisable, or

(b) a limited revision consisting of an Act or a portion of an Act.

Revision powers

2  (1) In preparing a revision, the Chief Legislative Counsel may do any or all of the following:

(a) combine Acts or provisions of them;

(a.1) separate an Act or a provision of an Act into 2 or more Acts or provisions;

(b) alter the numbering and the arrangement of Acts or provisions;

(c) rename an Act or portion of an Act;

(d) alter language and punctuation to achieve a clear, consistent and gender neutral style;

(e) make minor amendments to clarify the intent of the Legislature, to reconcile inconsistent provisions or to correct grammatical or typographical errors;

(f) for a limited revision, make minor amendments to other Acts required to reconcile them with a revised Act as if the minor amendments were consequential amendments to the revised Act;

(g) include in the revision those Acts or provisions that, although enacted, have not been brought into force, and indicate how they are to come into force;

(h) omit Acts or provisions that are spent, are repealed or have no legal effect;

(i) omit Acts or provisions that do not apply throughout British Columbia;

(j) omit forms or schedules from an Act.

(2) If a form or schedule is omitted under subsection (1) (j), a power to prescribe the form or schedule by regulation may be added to the appropriate Act.

(3) A form or schedule omitted from a revision is repealed on the coming into force of the revision.

(4) A regulation prescribing a form or schedule may be enacted before a revision comes into force but the regulation has no effect until the revision comes into force.

Revision to be submitted to committee of Legislative Assembly

3  The Chief Legislative Counsel must give a revision to the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly for presentation to a select standing committee of the Legislative Assembly designated by the Legislative Assembly to examine the revision.

Approved revision to be deposited as official copy

4  (1) If the select standing committee approves a revision and recommends that it be brought into force, the Lieutenant Governor may direct that a copy of the revision be deposited with the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly as the official copy of the revision.

(2) The official copy must be signed by the Lieutenant Governor and countersigned by the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly.

(3) The Clerk of the Legislative Assembly is responsible for keeping the official copy of a revision deposited under this section.

How revision comes into force

5  (1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may specify by regulation when a revision deposited under section 4 (1) comes into force.

(2) A revision comes into force for all purposes as if it were expressly included in and enacted by an Act.

(3) A provision in a supplement to a revision comes into force as provided in the supplement.

(3.1) If an Act or a provision is included in a revision under section 2 (1) (g), the Act or provision

(a) comes into force for the purposes of the revision in accordance with the regulation under subsection (1) of this section, and

(b) comes into force as law as indicated in the revision.

(4) From the time a revision comes into force, the official copy deposited with the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly must be considered to be the original of the statutes of British Columbia replaced by the revision.

(5) [Repealed 2013-12-39.]

Title and publication of revision

6  (1) A general revision

(a) may be published with the title Revised Statutes of British Columbia, and

(b) may include in the title the year of the revision as specified by the Chief Legislative Counsel.

(2) A limited revision

(a) may be given a chapter number as if it were enacted by the Legislature in the year in which the official copy of the limited revision is deposited with the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, and

(b) may be published as a Revised Statute of British Columbia for that year in the volume of Acts for that year.

Repeal of previous version of statutes

7  (1) When a general revision comes into force,

(a) the existing Revised Statutes of British Columbia, and

(b) all other Acts and provisions that are included in the general revision but were not included in the existing Revised Statutes of British Columbia

are repealed to the extent that they are incorporated in the general revision.

(2) When a limited revision comes into force, the Acts or provisions it replaces are repealed to the extent that they are incorporated in the limited revision.

Legal effect of revision

8  (1) A revision does not operate as new law but has effect and must be interpreted as a consolidation of the law contained in the Acts and provisions replaced by the revision.

(2) If a revised provision has the same effect as a provision replaced by the revision, the revised provision

(a) operates retrospectively as well as prospectively, and

(b) is deemed to have been enacted and to have come into force on the day on which the provision replaced by the revision came into force.

(3) If a revised provision does not have the same effect as a provision replaced by the revision,

(a) the provision replaced by the revision governs all transactions, matters and things before the revision comes into force, and

(b) the revised provision governs all transactions, matters and things after the revision comes into force.

How references are to be interpreted

9  (1) A reference in any of the following to an Act or provision included in a revision must be interpreted, in relation to any transaction, matter or thing after the coming into force of the revision, as a reference to the revised Act or provision having the same effect as the Act or provision replaced by the revision:

(a) an Act or provision that was enacted before the coming into force of the revision and that is not included in the revision;

(b) a regulation or other instrument enacted before the coming into force of the revision;

(c) a document existing before the coming into force of the revision.

(2) A reference in any of the enactments or documents referred to in subsection (1) (a) to (c) to the Revised Statutes of British Columbia must be interpreted, in relation to any transaction, matter or thing after the coming into force of a general revision, as a reference to the new Revised Statutes of British Columbia.

Interim corrections to revision

10  (1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations to correct, in a manner consistent with the powers of revision in this Act, any error in a revision.

(2) A regulation under this section may be made retroactive to the coming into force of the revision.

(3) Unless confirmed by the Legislature, corrections made by a regulation under this section cease to have effect after the last day of the next session of the Legislative Assembly after the regulation is made.

Interpretation Act applies

11  The Interpretation Act applies to a revision as it applies to other enactments.

Statute corrections generally

12  (1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations to correct the following in any Act:

(a) errors of form;

(b) errors of style;

(c) numbering errors;

(d) typographical errors;

(e) reference errors.

(2) Unless confirmed by the Legislature, corrections made by a regulation under this section cease to have effect after the last day of the next session of the Legislative Assembly after the regulation is made.