Infobox Legislation

General Template

This template summarizes information about a piece of legislation. It is designed to be generic so that it can be used for the statutes and subsidiary legislation of any jurisdiction.

Infobox general legislation

short title =

parliament =
longtitle =
citation =
territorial extent =
enacted by =
date enacted =
date passed =
date assented =
royal assent =
date signed =
date commenced =
bill =
bill citation =
bill date =
introduced by =
1st reading =
2nd reading =
3rd reading =
white paper =
committee report =
amendments =
repeals =
related =
summary =
keywords =
status =

Parameters and Descriptions

  • shorttitle: The short title of the legislation, which should preferably be the same as the article title. If the parameter is left blank or omitted, the article name is used.
  • long title: The long title of the legislation.
  • citation: The citation of the legislation. If the legislation is available online, create a link manually. If the citation uses square brackets, replace them with [ and ] when putting them inside an external link.
  • territorial extent The territorial area to which the legislation extends or applies. If possible provide a link to the related entry in the Encyclopedia of Law.
  • enacted by: The name of the person or institution that enacted the legislation. Link the name to a Encyclopedia of Law entry about the person or institution.
  • date enacted: The date the legislation was enacted or passed.
  • date assented (or signed): The date when a head of state or his or her representative gives formal assent to the legislation (for instance, when a constitutional monarch gives Royal Assent to a statute); or, in the case of the United States, when the President or a state governor signs a piece of legislation.
  • date commenced: The date when the legislation came into force as law.
  • bill: The name of the bill that was eventually enacted. Please, link the name to an entry in the Encyclopedia about the bill, if there is one.
  • bill citation: The citation of the bill. If the bill is available online, create an external link to it. If the citation uses square brackets, replace them with [ and ] when putting them inside an external link.
  • billdate: The date when the bill was published.
  • introduced by: The name of the legislator who introduced the bill.
  • 1st reading: The dates of the first, second and third readings of the bill in the legislature. If the legislative debates are available online, create external links to them.
  • 2nd reading
  • 3rd reading
  • paper: The name of a paper relating to the legislation. If the paper is available online, create an external link to it.
  • committee┬áreport: The name of a report issued by a legislative committee about the bill that was eventually enacted. If the report is available online, create an external link to it.
  • amendments: The citations of any notable amendments to the legislation. If the texts of the amendments are available online, create external links to them.

repeals The citations of any notable legislation repealing parts or previous versions of the legislation. If the texts of the repealing legislation are available online, create external links to them.
related The names and citations of any related pieces of legislation. Where possible, link the name of a related piece of legislation to a Wikipedia article about it, and link the citation to an external website containing the text of the related legislation.
summary A very brief summary of the subjects that the legislation deals with.
keywords A list of keywords that describe the legal issues dealt with by the legislation. List keywords alphabetically, separate them with commas, and link them to appropriate Wikipedia articles wherever possible; for example, “[[Bailment]], [[common carrier]], [[negligence]], [[strict liability]]”.

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