Pitcairn law comprises (a) laws (called "ordinances") made by the Governor, (b) United Kingdom legislation and Orders in Council extending to Pitcairn, and (c) the common law, rules of equity, and statutes of general application as in force in England for the time being, so far as local circumstances and the limits of local jurisdiction permit, and subject to any existing or future ordinance (see s 42 of the Pitcairn Constitution).
This page provides links to Pitcairn Ordinances made by the Governor. A Revised Edition of Pitcairn Ordinances was compiled by Paul Treadwell OBE, LLB, QC, Legal Adviser to the Governor, in 2001, pursuant to the Revised Edition of the Laws Ordinance 2001. Thereafter Annual Revisions have been made pursuant to the Annual Revision of Laws Ordinance 2002, cap 32. On this page the right hand column ("Alphabetical List") comprises links to the Revised Edition of 2001 as revised by Annual Revisions down to the 2013 revision, which includes all amendments to Ordinances as at 17 May 2013. Ordinances made since that date appear in the list below.
Local Government Amendment Ordinance 2013
Social Welfare Benefits Amendment Ordinance 2013
Local Government Amendment (No 2) Ordinance 2013
Ordinances are posted to this website as soon as possible after they are made by the Governor. Ordinances take effect as from the date of publication in Pitcairn unless it is provided otherwise by ordinance.
The Laws of Pitcairn are available in hard copy (a two volume loose-leaf set) from the Pitcairn Islands Office in Auckland.
Links to United Kingdom Orders in Council made since 2006 and having effect in Pitcairn may be found here.
A list of Orders in Council made from 2000 to 2005 and having effect in Pitcairn may be found here.
All United Kingdom Orders in Council that have effect in Pitcairn may be found by searching at www.legislation.gov.uk Use “advanced search” function to search for “Pitcairn” in content.
The electronic versions of legislation on this website, and any legislation printed from this website have no official status and are made available for information only. They should not be relied on as the authoritative text.
REVISED EDITION OF THE LAWS 2001
Revised Edition of the Laws Ordinance 2001
Chronological Table of Ordinances
The Pitcairn Constitution Order 2010
The Constitution of Pitcairn
The Pitcairn (Appeals To Privy Council) Order 2000
Ordinances and Subsidiary Legislation made thereunder --->
To view the complete sections of the Pitcairn Law book, please select below:
Prelims Vol I (832Kb)
Prelims Vol II (662Kb)
Vol I Cap 1-13 (1.4MB)
Vol I Cap 14-24 (1.0MB)
Vol I Cap 25-30 (1.2MB)
Vol II Cap 31-35 (1.0MB)
Vol II Cap 36-47 (1.3MB)
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ALPHABETICAL LIST OF ORDINANCES
Annual Revision of Laws
Births and Deaths Registration
Commissions of Enquiry
Coroners Ordinance 2011
Dental and Medical Practitioners
Endangered Species Protection
Evidence (Proof of Written Laws)
Evidence (Special Measures Directions)
Firearms Offences (Prosecution and Punishment)
Freedom of Information
Interpretation and General Clauses
Judicature (Appeals in Criminal Cases)
Land Tenure Reform
Legal Aid (Criminal Proceedings)
Pitcairn Court of Appeal (Registry)
Pitcairn Souvenir Agency
Prevention of Collisions at Sea
Probate and Administration
Public Defender in Criminal Proceedings
Registration of Business Names
Right of Abode
Sale and Use of Liquor
Sexual Offences (Notification and Prevention)
Social Welfare Benefits
Trade Unions and Trade Disputes
Victims of Offences (No. 2)