Archive for the “Legislation” category

Open law: digital common property

By Nick Holmes on July 25, 2018

Open law is the idea that public legal information should be freely available to everyone to access, use and republish. The current position in the UK differs completely as between legislation and case law. In the July issue of the (…)

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The new UK legislation service

By Nick Holmes on September 5, 2010

Published in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers, September 2010. Since late July we have a shiny new official home of UK legislation at legislation.gov.uk. In due course this will completely replace the two current legislation services at OPSI and the (…)

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Improving legislation on the web

By Nick Holmes on July 5, 2009

Published in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers, July 2009. In 1996 HMSO started publishing new legislation on its website. Comprehensive coverage was later extended back to 1987 for Acts and 1988 for SIs. Although publication of legislation was timely and (…)

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All in-force legislation now on OPSI

By Nick Holmes on December 21, 2007

As reported earlier, OPSI is working with SPO to bring the two online legislative services together, to create a single place where visitors can access the widest range of legislative content held by the government alongside supporting material. The first (…)

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OPSI Legislation – heading towards the semantic web

By Nick Holmes on October 10, 2007

The OPSI Report on Public Access Scheme Funding 2006/07 gives a good summary of recent and planned improvements in the OPSI legislation site. (See also my earlier post on improved access.) Here are some extracts from the (pdf) report: Over (…)

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OPSI – improved access to legislation

By Nick Holmes on September 11, 2007

OPSI has significantly improved its access to Acts of Parliament. See, for example the new Pensions Act 2007. The page layouts are now fully stylesheet driven, with more accurate layout; and there are options to view a “plain” version (without (…)

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The Statute Law Database – an update

By Nick Holmes on May 3, 2007

First published May 2007 in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers. It is now 4 months since the Statute Law Database was released to the public. In the first couple of weeks following the launch there was a flurry of comment (…)

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Statute Law Database – the jury’s still out

By Nick Holmes on March 7, 2007

In the first few days following the launch of the SLD there was a fair amount of comment and criticism. But since then … zilch. Is everyone ecstatically happy with it, reserving their judgment or quietly cursing its shortcomings? As (…)

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Statute Law Database – free for all after all

By Nick Holmes on January 10, 2007

The DCA has clarified its licensing terms for the SLD, confirming that it is indeed free for all as published. Its Copyright Notice has been amended and the SLD has been removed from the OPSI examples of Value Added Material. (…)

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Developments in legal information

By Nick Holmes on January 4, 2007

First published January 2007 in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers. Here are some of the key developments in the field of (free) legal information provision in 2006 and some predictions for 2007. The Statute Law Database After a 10-year wait, (…)

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Statute Law Database goes public

By Nick Holmes on December 20, 2006

The Statute Law Database was finally released to the public today. See what you think. Background and issues are covered in my recent article. Is the SLD “open”? No: The content is available free of charge to be viewed on (…)

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Free access to the laws that bind us? (2)

By Nick Holmes on September 22, 2006

Yesterday Clare Allison, the Enquiry System Project Manager at the SPO, wrote to Statute Law Database trial users that: We are pleased to announce that the website as it stands will be launched free of charge to the public once (…)

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Statute Law Database article

By Nick Holmes on September 13, 2006

My article The Statute Law Database – finally a reality looks at the history and current shape of the SLD.

The Statute Law Database – finally a reality

By Nick Holmes on September 5, 2006

The Statute Law Database is a project of the Statutory Publications Office (SPO), an office within the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA). It has a long and chequered history, reaching back to 1991 when the initial project was started. Until (…)

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The SLD – what did I expect?

By Nick Holmes on August 24, 2006

I’ve just submitted my feedeback to the SPO on the Statute Law Database as a Public Pilot Phase 2 user. It’s premature to comment publicly in any detail, but here are the substantial points. Completeness Some 75 Acts – many (…)

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