Scottish Statutory Instrument


Scottish Statutory Instrument

A Scottish Statutory Instrument (SSI) is a form of secondary legislation in Scotland which is made under Scots law by Scottish Ministers and other Scottish authorities such as the Court of Session, through Acts of Sederunt [Part I Constitution and Administration of the Court: cite web|title=Court of Session Act 1988 |url=http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts1988/ukpga_19880036_en_2#pt2-l1g8|publisher=Office of Public Sector Information |accessdate=2007-11-22] , or the High Court of Justiciary, through Acts of Adjournal [Acts of Adjournal: cite web|title=Section 305, Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1995 |url=http://www.opsi.gov.uk/ACTS/acts1995/ukpga_19950046_en_23#pt14-l1g305 |publisher=Office of Public Sector Information |accessdate=2007-11-22] . SSIs were created by the Scotland Act 1998 and are used to exercise devolved powers. [Sections 112 to 116 - Subordinate Legislation: cite web| title=Scotland Act 1998| url=http://www.statutelaw.gov.uk/content.aspx?LegType=All+Legislation&title=Scotland+Act&Year=1998&searchEnacted=0&extentMatchOnly=0&confersPower=0&blanketAmendment=0&sortAlpha=0&TYPE=QS&PageNumber=1&NavFrom=0&parentActiveTextDocId=2044365&ActiveTextDocId=2044507&filesize=16029 |publisher=UK Statute Law Database| accessdate=2007-11-26]

Originally secondary legislation on Scottish matters was made in the UK Statutory Instrument series and the fact that the legislation applied to Scotland was denoted by a subseries of the UK series. When devolution occurred most of these functions were transferred to Scottish institutions and the SSI series was created. [The enabling legislation was [http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si1999/19991096.htm The Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Statutory Instruments) Order 1999] (SI 1999/1096)] However there are still some matters which impact on Scotland that are reserved matters within the meaning of the Scotland Act; those powers are exercised by the UK ministers through the UK SI series. [Schedule 5 - Reserved Matters: cite web| title=Scotland Act 1998 | url=http://www.statutelaw.gov.uk/content.aspx?LegType=All+Legislation&title=Scotland+Act&Year=1998&searchEnacted=0&extentMatchOnly=0&confersPower=0&blanketAmendment=0&sortAlpha=0&TYPE=QS&PageNumber=1&NavFrom=0&parentActiveTextDocId=2044365&ActiveTextDocId=2044609&filesize=1800 |publisher=UK Statute Law Database| accessdate=2007-11-26]

Before devolution there were typically around 200 SIs a year in the Scotland subseries in the main UK series and now there are between 10 and 20 a year. There are typically around 500 or 600 SSIs made in a year.Fact|date=November 2007

References

ee also

*Lists of Statutory Instruments of Scotland

External links

* [http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/s-stat.htm Office of Public Sector Information]


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