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The Scottish Parliament and law making
The Scottish Parliament and law making

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Week 5: Reading an Act of the Scottish Parliament


In this week you examine how legislation is structured and how you reference (cite) legislation. You were introduced to sections of an Act when you explored the powers of the Scottish Parliament and Sections 28 and 29 of The Scotland Act 1998 (as amended). Here you learn more about the structure of Acts and how to read them.

By the end of this week you should be able to:

  • explain how an act is structured
  • discuss the accessibility of language used in Acts
  • understand the role of Parliamentary Counsel.