Accessing Legislation: 40 Years Post-Renton

Ronan Cormacain


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.  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.


legislation, access, Renton

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