Statute Law Revision Act

Statute Law Revision Act is a stock short title which was formerly used in the United Kingdom, and is still used in Australia, Canada[citation needed] and in the Republic of Ireland, for legislation whose purpose is statute law revision. Such Acts normally repealed legislation which was either obsolete in the sense of being no longer relevant, or spent in the sense of having ceased to be in force otherwise than by virtue of formal repeal (for example because the Act was only in force for a particular time or purpose which has expired). In the United Kingdom, the short title Statute Law (Repeals) Act is now used instead. “Statute Law Revision Acts” may collectively refer to enactments with this short title.
The single biggest Statute Law Revision Act in any jurisdiction was the Statute Law Revision Act 2007 enacted in Ireland which repealed 3,225 previous Acts. The Statute Law Revision programme commenced in Ireland in 2003 which has resulted in four Statute Law Revision Acts to date (see below) and the express repeal of a total of around 8,000 Acts is the largest statute law revision programme carried out internationally.[1]
Statute Law Revision Acts are sometimes referred to as expurgation Acts.[2]


1 United Kingdom

1.1 Scotland
1.2 Ireland (Pre-1922)
1.3 Northern Ireland
1.4 Isle of Man

2 Republic of Ireland

2.1 Pre-2005
2.2 Enacted since 2005 as part of the current Statute Law Revision Programme

3 Australia

3.1 Federal legislation
3.2 Australian Capital Territory
3.3 New South Wales
3.4 Northern Territory
3.5 South Australia
3.6 Tasmania
3.7 Victoria
3.8 Western Australia

4 See also
5 References

United Kingdom[edit]
Statute Law Revision Bills must be referred to the Joint Committee on Consolidation etc. Bills.[3][4] The scope of Statute Law Revision Bills is confined to the repeal of obsolete, spent, unnecessary or superseded enactments.[5]
Halsbury’s Laws said that Statute Law Revision Acts are law reform Acts.[6]
The Statute Law Committee prepared the Bills for Statute Law Revision Acts up to, and including, the Statute Law Revision Act 1966.[7]
The following list includes any Act the short title of which includes the words “statute law revision”, without prejudice to suggestions that some of these Acts are not actually Statute Law Revision Acts.

The Statute Law Revision Act 1861 (24 & 25 Vict. c. 101)
The Statute Law Revision Act 1863 (26 & 27 Vict. c. 125)
The Statute Law Revision Act 1867 (30 & 31 Vict. c. 59)