From Stele to Silicon: Publication of Statutes, Public Access to the Law, and the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act

111 Law Library Journal 165 (2019)

31 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2019

Date Written: May 28, 2019

Abstract

For a legal system to succeed, its laws must be available to the public it governs. This article looks at the methods used by different governments throughout history to publicize legislation and the rulers’ possible motivations for publication. It concludes by discussing how the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act provides the next logical step in this long tradition of publicizing the law.

Keywords: Legal History, Statutes, Legal Publication, UELMA, Statutory Codes, Statutory Compilations

JEL Classification: K49

Suggested Citation

Dingledy, Frederick W., From Stele to Silicon: Publication of Statutes, Public Access to the Law, and the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (May 28, 2019). 111 Law Library Journal 165 (2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3395385

Frederick W. Dingledy (Contact Author)

College of William & Mary Law Library ( email )

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P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
United States

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