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British Virgin Islands Constitution

Transitional and Miscellaneous

67. (1) The existing laws shall, as from the coming into operation of this Order, be construed with such adaptations and modifications as may be necessary to bring them into conformity with the provisions of this Order.

(2) (a) The Governor may, by order published in the Gazette and made at any time before the expiration of one year commencing with the coming into operation of this Order, make such amendments to any existing law as appear to him to be necessary or expedient for bringing that law into conformity with the provisions of this Order or otherwise for giving effect or enabling effect to be given to those provisions.

(b) An order made under this subsection shall have effect from such date, not being earlier than the coming into operation of this Order, as may be specified therein, and may be revoked or amended in relation to any law affected thereby by the authority competent to repeal or amend that law.

(3) In this section "existing law" means any Act or Ordinance enacted by any legislature established for the Virgin Islands or the former Colony of the Leeward Islands, or any rule, regulation, order or other instrument made thereunder, that has effect as part of the law of the Virgin Islands immediately before the coming into operation of this Order.

68. The Standing Rules and Orders of the Legislative Council as in force immediately before this Order comes into operation shall, with such adaptations and modifications as may be necessary to bring them into conformity with this Order, be the Standing Orders of the Legislative Council continued in existence by section I of this Order and of the Legislative Council established by Part IV of this Order as if they had been made in pursuance of section 35 of this Order.

69. (1) Any office constituted for the Virgin Islands by the Governor under the Orders hereby revoked and subsisting immediately before the coming into operation of this Order shall, as from the coming into operation of this Order be deemed to be an office constituted by the Governor under section 9 of this Order.

(2) Any person who, immediately before the coming into operation of this Order, holds or is acting in the office of Governor or any office constituted as aforesaid or any public office otherwise constituted shall, as from such coming into operation, continue to hold or to act in that office as if he had been appointed to or to act in that office in accordance with the provisions of this Order.

(3) Any person to whom the last foregoing subsection applies who, before the coming into operation of this Order, has made any oath or affirmation required to be made by him before assuming the functions of his office shall not, by reason only of that subsection, be required to make a like oath or affirmation.

70. The provisions of section 42 of this Order shall apply to any Bill passed by the Legislative Council continued in existence by section I of this Order, but not assented to before the dissolution, as they would apply to a Bill passed by the Legislative Council established by this Order, and the provisions of section 43 of this Order shall apply to any Bill passed by that Legislative Council to which the Governor has given his assent as they would apply to a Bill passed by the Legislative Council established by this Order to which the Governor had given his assent under this Order.

71. There is reserved to Her Majesty full power to make laws for the peace, order and good government of the Virgin Islands. There is reserved to Her Majesty full power to make laws for the peace, order and good government of the Virgin Islands.