What is the purpose of consolidating and codifying legislation
The courts generally presume that a consolidating statute leaves prior caselaw intact.
A consolidating statute re-enacts and repeals particular legal subject matter which was previously contained in several different statutes.
The Bill that is the subject of this Report consolidates certain enactments relating to the powers of courts in England and Wales to deal with offenders and defaulters and to the treatment of such persons. The Bill which is the subject of this report consolidates the legislation about the costs relating to Parliamentary proceedings on private Bills.
The main purpose of a consolidation project is to draw together different enactments on a topic into a single Act.
An example is the Council Directive of 15 July 1975 on waste, which has been amended several times and was consolidated on 20 November 2003, this consolidation then being used as a basis for the codified instrument.
Consolidating statute is a statute that collects the legislative provisions on a particular topic and embodies them in a single statute, often with minor amendments and drafting improvements.
Ancient Sumer's Code of Ur-Nammu was compiled circa 1230-2050 BC, and is the earliest known surviving civil code.
Three centuries later, the Babylonian king Hammurabi enacted the set of laws named after him.
We have been responsible for over 200 consolidation Bills that have become Acts since 1965.