Part 2
Principles of interpretation

5 Ascertaining meaning of legislation
  • (1) The meaning of an enactment must be ascertained from its text and in the light of its purpose.

    (2) The matters that may be considered in ascertaining the meaning of an enactment include the indications provided in the enactment.

    (3) Examples of those indications are preambles, the analysis, a table of contents, headings to Parts and sections, marginal notes, diagrams, graphics, examples and explanatory material, and the organisation and format of the enactment.

    Compare: 1924 No 11 s 5(j)