This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This order brings into force, on 14 March 2003, the Pitcairn Trials Act 2002. The Act arises from an Agreement (dated 11 October 2002) between the Government of New Zealand and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning Trials under Pitcairn Law in New Zealand and Related Matters. The purpose of the Act is to make provision to implement in New Zealand law New Zealand's obligations under the Agreement. To that end, the Act provides—
•for Pitcairn Courts to sit in New Zealand for the purpose of holding certain trials under Pitcairn law; and
•for the enforcement in New Zealand, if New Zealand agrees, of certain sentences imposed and orders made in those trials by a Pitcairn Court sitting in New Zealand.