Definition of statute book in English:

statute book

noun

  • 1A book in which laws are written.

    • ‘In the first reform of Ireland's libel laws for 50 years, expected to be approved by the cabinet before Christmas, the so-called Reynolds defence will be written into the statute books.’
    • ‘The rising in Ulster, not Charles I nor the English House of Lords, was primarily responsible for these bills not reaching the Irish statute book.’
    • ‘So we are losing massively by this silly provision on our statute book.’
    • ‘It is the most malicious piece of legislation ever placed on a statute book and it has no place in a civilised country.’
    • ‘It does, of course, include many such rules and decisions and these can be found, paradigmatically, in statute books, judicial decisions and, of course, written constitutions.’
    • ‘Expert legal opinion, district valuer's prices and compulsory purchase are all in the Executive's armoury before a single sentence of land legislation reaches the statute books.’
    • ‘A great amount of equality legislation is on the statute books, however, loopholes around the law exist and cases are hard to prove unless clearly obvious.’
    • ‘I have written to the chief constable asking him to use his influence with MPs, the Home Secretary and the Chief Inspector of Constabulary to try and get effective legislation on the statute books.’
    • ‘The ballot measure would elevate five groundbreaking laws from the statute books to the state Constitution, where they could not be overturned or ignored - for the most part - without a vote of the people.’
    • ‘I can't see what's wrong with an ‘automatic expiry date’ - laws are tough to remove from the statute books, laws which curtail freedoms should be watched.’
    • ‘For my part, I have seen those as issues of law which would be shown by reference to the statute books, rather than as issues to be included in the statement of facts.’
    • ‘That is a hangover from the old male breadwinner concept, and is out of step with current social mores, so I am pleased that we are now removing it from our statute book.’
    • ‘A handful of politicians are desperate to get anti-sectarian legislation on to the statute books.’
    • ‘If they cannot do this, then they should help to remove this festering sore from our statute book and support this bill.’
    • ‘Consequently, compared to common law countries, civil law countries have weak judiciaries - and long statute books.’
    • ‘That notion of justice - which everyone must define for themselves - and resides in our hearts as much as it resides on a statute book.’
    • ‘Public opinion polls apparently carry far more weight than a federal statute book.’
    • ‘‘Putting legislation on the statute books is very fine but without a credible system of enforcement, the regulatory system will never reach its full potential’ the minister said.’
    • ‘What does not exist on the statute books or in the case law is evidently permissible.’
    • ‘The four-player game is not easily mastered, but at least you won't have to tackle a statute book of bidding conventions.’
    1. 1.1the statute book A nation's laws regarded collectively.
      ‘the bill failed to reach the statute book’
      • ‘But Mr Blair said he was confident the Government could get the ID cards legislation on the statute book and that it had public support despite concerns about civil liberties.’
      • ‘After hundreds of years of Parliamentary law-making, there are now around 8,000 laws on the statute book.’
      • ‘The constitutional expert Vernon Bogdanor has, rightly, written: ‘There are few more absurd pieces of legislation on the statute book.’’
      • ‘Yes, he is guilty of rape, one of the most offensive crimes on the statute book, but he has ‘done the crime and served the time’.’
      • ‘A referendum in 1972 removed that phrase from the Irish constitution: the Act of Settlement remains on the statute book.’
      • ‘Now, letting me loose on the statute book uninstructed is about the most dangerous thing that counsel can engage in.’
      • ‘The new government should rush to get fiscal legislation on the statute book in order to boost confidence in Thai financial institutions, according to a leading research center.’
      • ‘The biggest shake-up in workplace anti-discrimination laws for 25 years will be on the statute book by the end of next year.’
      • ‘It wasn't until 1951 that the last laws remaining on the statute book against witchcraft were repealed.’
      • ‘But, with the legislation finally on the statute book yesterday, the Labour machine swiftly moved into gear to vent their anger at Tory tactics.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, relatively few prosecutions have been instituted since insider dealing has been on the statute book.’
      • ‘There are a number of Thai laws on the statute book covering this sensitive issue.’
      • ‘It would be comforting to think that as each new piece of tax legislation is added, efforts are made to ‘compact’ or reduce the legislation already on the statute book.’
      • ‘‘By the time October comes around, this law will have been on the statute book for nine years,’ she said.’
      • ‘This solution, however, has been rejected by the Government, and section 33 still remains on the statute book very much in its original form.’
      • ‘The bulk of the Conservative legislation remained on the statute book.’
      • ‘The Prescription Act 1832 may very well have the dubious honour of being the worst drafted Act of Parliament on the statute book.’
      • ‘But the immediate response of the Labour Government, which received the report, did not reach the statute book.’
      • ‘If these plans reach the statute book they will allow a referendum to be held in the English regions to determine whether public opinion favours regional government.’
      • ‘Ms Cannings stressed that until legislation was on the statute book, it was impossible to be precise about the impact on police.’

Pronunciation

statute book