Arrangement of Sections
1. Short title.
3. Saving of rights of the Republic.
4. Exercise of powers and duties.
5. Meaning of the principal Ordinance the principal enactment and the principal Act.
6. Effect of repeal or expiration of written law.
7. Making of rules in interval between passing and commencement of enactment.
8. Computation of time.
9. Provisions as to offences under two or more laws.
10. Construction of enactments declaring offence summarily triable.
11. Motions in Parliament on behalf of Ministers.
12. Power to make appointments.
13. Discharge of functions of Crown Agents.
14. Commencement of time.
15. Where rules made under repealed law are kept in force by repealing law, such rules to be deemed to be made under repealing law.
16. Reference to repealed enactments.
17. General provisions with respect to power given to any authority to make rules.
18. Manner in which any proclamation, order, or notification may be amended, varied, or rescinded.
19. Construction of statutory rules.
20. Acts done under rules to be deemed done under enactment by which rules authorised.
22. Interpretation of the expression shall not be called in question in any court.
23. Construction of enactments giving power to courts to declare rights or status.
24. Construction of enactments giving power to court to grant injunctions or make orders for specific performances.
21 of 1901,
22 of 1912,
2 of 1913,
8 of 1916,
20 of 1924,
8 of 1931,
2 of 1947,
29 of 1974,
5 of 1954,
17 of 1965,
22 of 1966,
29 of 1971,
18 of 1972.
AN ORDINANCE for defining the meaning of certain terms and for shortening the language used in enactments and other written laws and for other purposes.
[Date of Commencement: 3rd December, 1901]
1. Short title.
This Ordinance may be cited as the Interpretation Ordinance.
In this Ordinance and in every written law whether made before or after the commencement of this Ordinance, unless there be something repugnant in the subject or context—
(a) "abet” with its grammatical variations and cognate expressions, shall have the same meaning as in the Penal Code;
(b) "Act” or "Act of Parliament” shall mean an enactment of the Legislature of Ceylon or Sri Lanka. as the case may be, enacted on or after the 14th day of October, 1947, other than a Law enacted by the National State Assembly;
(c) "Attorney-General” shall mean the Attorney-General of Sri Lanka, and shall include an acting Attorney-General;
(d) "Chapter”, "Part”, "section”, and "Schedule” shall denote
respectively a chapter, part, and section of, and schedule to, the enactment in which the word occurs, and to subsection shall denote a subsection of the section in which the word occurs;
(e) "commencement”, used with "operation”, used with reference to an enactment which is not to take effect immediately upon coming into force, shall may the day on which such enactment takes effect;
(f) "enactment” shall mean any Ordinance, Law or Act enacted by the Legislature of Ceylon or Sri Lanka, as the case may be, and shall include—
(i) the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic
of Sri Lanka, 1978;
(ii) any enactment having the force of law in Sri Lanka and promulgated in the form of a proclamation or regulation prior to the 1st day of January, 1834;
(iii) the Tesawalamai or the laws and customs of the Malabars of Jaffna promulgated by the Dutch Government of Ceylon in the year seventeen hundred and seven, and referred to in the Tesawalamai Regulation; and
(iv) the Ceylon (Parliamentary Elections) Order in Council, 1946.
(g) "foreign country” or "foreign Stale” shall mean any country or State other than Sri Lanka;
(h) 1"Full Moon Poya Day” shall have the same meaning as in the Holidays Act, and the expression "Full Moon Poya Days” shall be construed accordingly;
(i) "Gazette” or "Government Gazette” shall mean the Gazette published by the order of the Government of Sri Lanka, and shall include any Extraordinary Gazette so published;
(j) "Law” shall mean an enactment of the National State Assembly constituted under the Constitution of Sri Lanka adopted and enacted on the 22nd day of May, 1972;
(ja) "local authority” means any Municipal Council, Urban Council, Town Council or Village Council and includes any Authority created and established by or under any law to exercise, perform and discharge powers, duties and functions corresponding to or similar to the powers, duties and functions exercised, performed and discharged by any such Council;
(k) "master” used with reference to a ship shall mean any person (except a pilot) having for the time being control or charge of a ship;
(l) "Member of Parliament” shall mean a Member of the Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka;
(m) "Minister” used with reference to any subject or function of Government shall mean the Minister to whom that subject or function has been assigned by the President and includes a person duly appointed to act in the place of such Minister;
(n) "Ministry” or "Ministry charged with”, with reference to any subject or function shall mean the Ministry of the Minister to whom that subject or function has been assigned by the President;
(o) "month” shall mean a calendar month, unless words be added showing lunar months to be intended;
(p) "oath” and "affidavit” shall, in the case of persons for the time being allowed by law to affirm or declare instead of swearing, include affirmation and declaration, and "swear” shall, in the like case, include affirm and declare;
(q) "Ordinance” shall mean an enactment enacted prior to the 14th day of October. 1947;
(r) "Parliament” shall mean the Parliament constituted in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. 1978;
(s) "person” includes any body of persons corporate or unincorporate;
(t) "prescribed” shall mean prescribed by the enactment in which the word occurs or by any rule, regulation, by-law, proclamation or order made thereunder;
(tt) "Poya Day” shall have the same meaning as in the Holiday Act, No. 17 of 1965, and the expression "Poya Day” shall be construed accordingly; and
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