retrospective legislation meaning
Legislation that operates on matters taking place before its enactment, e.g. by penalizing conduct that was lawful when it occurred. There is a presumption that statutes are not intended to have retroactive effect unless they merely change legal procedure (see INTERPRETATION OF STATUTES).
- He also opposed the Conservative government's Immigration Bill and retrospective legislation on workfare.
- Asquith opposed retrospective legislation or compensation.
- It did however contain retrospective legislation declaring that all work previously carried out was deemed authorised by the Act.
- The banks made some attempts to have retrospective legislation passed to legalise the swaps, but were not successful in doing so.
- As a result of the proliferation of similar schemes, John Howard as Treasurer introduced retrospective legislation which was subsequently passed by the parliament.