Tuesday, February 27, 2007

New Department of Justice Legislative Website

Justice Canada recently launched its new website for accessing federal acts and regulations.

Among the new features is a facility for point-in-time searches of statutes and regulations. As a press release from the ministry explains: "For statutes, point-in-time versions date back to 2003, and March 2006 for regulations." One hopes that this will be extended back in time as the search tool continues to be developed.

The most significant change is no doubt the greater speed with which laws and regulations will now be updated. Justice Canada is promising that updates will henceforth be made to the website within a few weeks, or even days, after the coming into force of new or amending legislation. In the past, it could take months.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 9:06 pm


Blogger Iain said...

For some reason, they haven't included the Income Tax Act yet, and are relying on CanLII.

Oddly enough, I was searching the ITA late one night when the new website was implemented, and was quite shocked when it disappeared. I was trying to figure out if it had been repealed and no one had mentioned it.

12:46 pm  
Blogger Michel-Adrien said...

I just received an update via e-mail.

Someone from Justice Canada's legislative editing branch gave a presentation to National Capital Region law librarians last month.

The e-mail explained a bit more about the new website and mentioned that one can expect to see the Income Tax Act on the site by this summer.

8:13 pm  

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