difference between "ordinance" and "act"

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22 October 2008


Will you kindly inform me what are difference between "ordinance" and "act" especially regarding degree of enforceability. Has act any more degree of legality if an ordinance becomes act ?

If possible please quote any precedent of any court.

Guest (Expert)
22 October 2008

Ordinance is passed when the matter is urgent by the Elected Party and an Act is legislation passed when the Parliament or Assembly is sitting, where a bBill is passed and sent for assent of President.

Act when passed through an Ordinance has the same value as any other Act.

Manish Singh (Expert)
22 October 2008

ordinance is paased when the Parliament is not in seesion and life of the ordinance is six months only but it could be extended for any number of times by the Parliamnet. an act and an ordinance has the same legal enforceabilty.

an ordinance can be made an act after going through the procedure of discusions and assents so required.

there has been several instances where an ordinance is stretched for a long period of time without converting into an act.

kumar sachin (Expert)
23 October 2008

manish bhai is right

13 November 2008

ACT, legislation. A statute or law made by a legislative body; as an act of congress is a law by the congress of the United States; an act of assembly is a law made by a legislative assembly. If an act of assembly expire or be repealed while a proceeding under it is in fieri or pending, the proceeding becomes abortive;

13 November 2008

An ordinance is a law passed by a municipal government. A municipality, such as a city, town, village, or borough, is a political subdivision of a state within which a municipal corporation has been established to provide local government to a population in a defined area.

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