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Press Release – 310717 – On-line publication of Falkland Islands Statute Law Database

31st July 2017

On-line publication of Falkland Islands Statute Law Database

 The Falkland Islands Government is pleased to announce the on-line publication of the laws of the Falkland Islands.

The laws of the Falkland Islands can now be freely accessed through:

www.legislation.gov.fk

Members of the public are invited to attend a demonstration of the on-line Statute Law Database at the Court and Council Chamber at 5.30pm on Wednesday 2 August 2017.

Members of the public may also access a paper copy of the Statute Law Database through the public library (to be made available from Friday 4 August 2017).

This important publication achieves the Government’s Islands Plan object to improve access to the law, and reflects a vital commitment to uphold the rule of law in the Falkland Islands.  The publication will ensure that the fundamental rights and freedoms protected by our Constitution are supplemented by access to the law which compares favourably with the highest international standards.

Attorney General, David Brown, stated: “Publication of the statute law database is the culmination of a two year project which delivers long overdue accessibility to the laws of the Falkland Islands.  Respect for the rule of law and access to the law go hand in hand.  Access to the law also provides the basis for a range of strategic and economic benefits to the Falkland Islands; a more effective legislature, more effective access to justice, fairer government and a more efficient economy. 

The Revised Laws project has delivered a cost effective solution to the problem of access to the law; through publication of the Statute Law Database.  The database should continue to deliver free and easy access to the law into the long term; by publishing a statement of the laws of the Falkland Islands which is clear, authoritative, complete, reliable, and durable. 

The Legal Services team look forward to working with the Statute Law Commissioner to keep the database up to date, and to starting work on an ongoing programme of law revision”.

For further information, please contact the Statute Law Commissioner, Ros Cheek on rcheek@sec.gov.fk

 

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Notes to Editors:

  1. Publication of the Statute Law Database is in accordance with the Law Revision and Publication Ordinance 2017.
  2. The Statute Law Database provides an authoritative source of Falkland Islands law.
  3. The Statute Law Database contains;

(a) the full text of locally made laws in force; and

(b) lists of laws of other jurisdictions in force in the Falkland Islands (ie UK and EU laws).

  1. The Statute Law Database will be maintained by the Statute Law Commissioner.