Cormacain on Online Access to UK Legislation

Ronan Cormacain of the University of London has published Accessing Legislation: 40 Years Post-Renton: Have the Renton Committee’s recommendations on electronic access to legislation been fulfilled? Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, 19(3) (2013).

Here is the abstract:

Access to legislation is of fundamental importance to our legal system. The Renton Report made many timeless recommendations on legislation generally and access in particular. Five functions relating to access are derived. These functions should be satisfied by a good electronic legislation system. The UK system is analysed by reference to these functions. [Section 7 assesses The National Archives legislation website at legislation.gov.uk (developed by John Sheridan) by reference to these five functions.] Certain technological developments make access easier. The nature of legislation itself can make access more difficult. The article concludes with practical suggestions on improving accessibility.

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