Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Online Versions of New Zealand and Australian Legislation are Authoritative

LOC's  Kelly Buchanan recently posted: "effective January 6, 2014, the PDF version of all legislation enacted since 2008, and the PDF of the latest version of the majority of prior legislation, which is published on the New Zealand Legislation website is now considered to be an official version.  This means that, in accordance with the Legislation Act 2012, all courts must now take judicial notice of the online version (or a printout of the PDF) of an act or legislative instrument without requiring further proof of its accuracy, unless the contrary is shown.  The requirements for the official electronic version of legislation (as well as printed versions) were set out in the Legislation (Official Versions) Regulations 2013 and include that the front page must contain the New Zealand Coat of Arms."

Click here to read more of her post concerning this exciting development!

Hat tip In Custodia Legis Blog for Library of Congress

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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