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Part A: General Topics | 2. Table of Contents

A detailed table of contents, at the beginning or the end of the law, enables readers to quickly identify where in the law to find provisions on specific matters of interest, and is highly valued. It can also be a useful drafting tool by serving as an organizational chart for the law. Alternatively, some laws omit a table of contents but this is not advisable especially where the law contains many sections and runs into several pages.

2. Example:

Article [_] Arrangement of Act


1. Definitions


2. Objects of Act

3. Custodianship of nation's mineral resources

4. Interpretation of Act

5. Legal nature of Minerals Rights, and rights of holders thereof

6. Principles of administrative justice


7. Division of Republic, territorial waters, continental shelf and exclusive economic zone into regions

8. Designation and functions of officer


9. Order of processing of applications

10. Consultation with interested and affected parties

11. Transferability and encumbrance of Mineral Rights (…)


Drawn from South Africa’s mining law (2002), this example is common in many mining laws and provides at the beginning of the law a serial arrangement of the sections of the mining law, divided into various parts and sub-parts according to subject matter. While some laws such as is shown in this example number each provision progressively irrespective of what chapter or section the provisions fall under, others restart the numbering of the provisions that fall under distinct parts of the law.