Secondary legislation forms a large part of the work of Tynwald Court each month.
There are two types of legislation in the Isle of Man: primary and secondary. Primary legislation is passed as an Act of Tynwald. An Act of Tynwald may contain enabling powers that allow another person or body, usually a Government Minister or Chief Executive, to make other types of legislation. These are known collectively as secondary legislation and individually as statutory documents.
Secondary legislation can be used for a wide range of purposes. Often it provides the technical details that make the primary legislation work in practice. A typical example is where primary legislation gives the power for a fee or fine to be charged or a tax to be raised, the amount to be charged will be specified in secondary legislation. Another common example is an Appointed Day Order, which sets the date on which an Act of Tynwald comes into force.
UK legislation is usually applied to the Isle of Man by way of secondary legislation. These statutory instruments are known as Orders in Council
Some secondary legislation requires the approval of Tynwald Court before it comes into force, and some does not. The process to be followed is set out in the primary legislation or enabling Act under which the secondary legislation was made.