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2.7. Subdivisions of acts

Name of subdivision Numbering Reference in the text
Preamble (1)
Citation (1)   in the first citation
Numbered recital (1) (1), (2) in recital 1 (2)
Unnumbered recital (1)   in the first recital (2)
Enacting terms (3)
Article (3) Sole Article
Article 1, 2
in the Sole Article
in Article 1, 2
Numbered paragraph (3) 1., 2. in paragraph 1, 2 (when in the same article)
in Article 2(1) (refers to a numbered paragraph in a different article)
   Subparagraph (4) (5)   in the first, second, third subparagraph
Unnumbered paragraph (4)   in the first, second, third paragraph
Point (3) (1), (2), etc.
(a), (b)
(i), (ii), (iii), (iv)
in point (1), (2)
in point (a), (b)
in point (i), (ii), (iii), (iv)
Indent (em rule/em dash) (4) in the first, second indent
Annex I, II (or A, B)
in the Annex
in Annex I, II (or A, B) (to the act)
Appendix 1, 2
in the Appendix
in Appendix 1, 2 (to the Annex)
Other subdivisions
Part Part I, II
(or Part One,
Part Two)
in Part I, II
Part One, Part Two
(or the first part,
the second part)
Title Title I, II in Title I, II
Chapter Chapter 1, 2
(or I, II)
in Chapter 1, 2
(or I, II)
Section Section 1, 2 in Section 1, 2
(in annexes or international agreements)
I, II (or A, B)
I. (or A. or 1.)
in point I, II (or A, B)
in point I (A, 1)
Before 7 February 2000, when recitals were unnumbered: in the first, second recital.
Where articles, numbered paragraphs or other subdivisions that are identified by a number or a letter are inserted into the enacting terms of an existing act, they are given the number or letter of the preceding subdivision of the same level in addition to the letter ‘a’, ‘b’, ‘c’, ‘d’, etc. See also Section 3.3.2.
These subdivisions have no figure nor other sign of identification; an ordinal number is used to refer to them.
Subdivisions of a numbered paragraph.
Reference to the introductory phrase may be made by words such as ‘at the beginning of’, ‘the introductory words of’ or ‘the introductory part of’. The introductory phrase ends with a colon.
The subdivisions in this table are not classified in a fixed order. The order can vary according to the nature of the text.

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Last updated: 10.9.2019
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