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Bill to amend the Interpretation Act

Bill 198 proposes the introduction of a new 13A to the Interpretation Act (CAP 249).

The stated objective of the proposed amendment is to regulate the interpretation of the classification of laws or punishments as criminal in nature with particular reference to the situation where an Act confers a power upon a public authority which exercises regulatory, supervisory, compliance, investigatory or enforcement functions to impose a civil penalty, an administrative fine or other civil or administrative pecuniary or non-pecuniary sanction or administrative measure.