Commentary on Sections

Part 4: Final provisions

Section 29: Ancillary regulations

This section enables the Department to bring forward regulations to make any supplementary, incidental, consequential, transitional, transitory or saving provision considered necessary for the purposes of giving the full intended effect of the provisions of the Act; and specifies the Assembly control of any such regulations (i.e. whether the instrument is subject to negative resolution or if a draft of the instrument must be laid before and approved by a resolution of the Assembly.

Section 30: Commencement

This section sets out the commencement arrangements for the provisions of the Act, specifying those provisions that are to come into operation the day after Royal Assent and those that are to come into operation on days to be appointed by order made by the Department of Justice.

Section 31: Short title

This section sets out the short title for the Act, which is the Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Act (Northern Ireland) 2022.