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Project Update April 2017

Preparatory Work

The Government Corporate Management Team (CMT) is continuing to develop an action plan to manage the changes that might arise from the on-line publication of our laws.  For example, CMT is seeking to ensure that a lead Government Director is allocated to each Ordinance (locally made law).  This will ensure that queries made about the Government's administration of each law can be addressed most effectively.  It is anticipated that improved access to the law arising from publication of the online laws databse under this project may lead to an increase in the queries which Government receives about its administration of the law.

Technology - How will we publish the Laws?

At the end of March the Statute Law Commissioner visited the technical contractor to the project, Leidos Pty Ltd, to review progress of production of the laws database and web-site. 

A number of factors have caused slight delay in this work, but the visit enabled the Commissioner to work closely with Leidos to review the laws database prototype and the test cases which will form the basis for User Acceptance Testing (UAT).  As a result of the delays, UAT for the laws database will now begin in April.

Legislative Text - What will we publish?

Consultations about the publication of locally made laws, and about proposals to update adopted UK laws as part of this project, have now closed. 

Respondents were generally satisfied with the information provided about the proposed publication of locally made laws.  A number of suggestions about proposals to update adopted UK laws were received through the consultation and are currently being considered by a Legislative Assembly Select Committee. 

The Legislative Assembly Select Committee is currently considering the Law Revision and Publication Bill, which includes proposals to update UK laws adopted by the Falkland Islands.  The Committee will continue to meet regularly throughout April, with the meetings held in public (contact assembly@sec.gov.fk for details of meeting dates and venues).

The numbers of laws currently identified for publication on the on-line laws databse in due course are as follows:

- Falkland Islands Ordinances: 200 (full and up to date text of each law is to be published)

- Falkland Islands secondary legislation: 392 (as above)

- UK Acts adopted by the Falkland Islands: 209 (list of laws is to be published together with a link to the text of each law on the official UK legislation website)

- UK secondary legislation adopted by the Falkland Islands: 170 (as above)

- UK Acts applied to the Falkland Islands by UK authorities: 105 (as above)

- UK secondary legislation applied to the Falkland Islands by UK authorities: 146 (as above)

When will we publish the laws?

Because of the delays encountered in relation to the laws database, it is likely that publication of the laws will now be similarly delayed.  A provisional date of 30 June 2017 has been identified.

 

Update posted by Ros Cheek, Statute Law Commissioner - 11 April 2017 - rcheek@sec.gov.fk

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Project Update February 2017

Preparatory Work

In February 2017 a working group was set up by the Falkland Islands Government's Corporate Management Team (CMT) to enable the Government to manage the changes that might arise from the on-line publication of our laws.  The working group will produce an action plan to enable CMT to undertake the necessary work.

Technology - How will we publish the Laws?

The Falkland Islands Government's contract with Leidos Pty Ltd continues in place to provide the right technology solution for publication of our laws.

The Statute Law Commissioner is continuing to work to provide Leidos with the remaining data which is required for uploading into the statute laws database. 

In the mean time Leidos are processing the data already provided and are working on production of a prototype to enable the database testing to begin.  Test cases will be discussed between the Statute Law Commissioner and Leidos before User Acceptance testing is due to begin in March. 

Legislative Text - What will we publish?

Consultation opened on 16 January in relation publication of locally made laws.  This consultation (1) is due to close on 24 February.

Consultation opened on 13 February in relation to proposed updating of adopted UK laws.  This consultation (2) is due to close on 1 March.

See the consultation page for more detail (click here).

The Law Revision and Publication Bill 2017, which will enable the Legislative Assembly to authorise publication of the statute law database, was approved by Executive Council on 8 February, and published in the Gazette on 10 February.  The Bill will be first considered by the Legislative Assembly on 23 February, and it is expected will be referred to Select Committee for detailed consideration by the Assembly in March and April.

When will we publish the Laws?

Publication remains on target for 31 May 2017.

 

Update posted by Ros Cheek, Statute Law Commissioner - 20 February 2017 - rcheek@sec.gov.fk

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Project Update January 2017

Preparatory Work

The final element of project planning was approved in September 2016 when Executive Council agreed proposals for updating adopted UK laws after the laws are published on-line.  Click here for a copy of the Executive Council paper which sets out those proposals.

In December 2016 the last element of preparatory work started. The Law Commissioner is working with the Government Management Team to ensure that the government has considered and is prepared for the changes that might arise from the on-line publication of our laws.  This work is ongoing.

Technology - How will we publish the Laws?

In December 2016 the Falkalnd Islands Government entered into a contract with Leidos Pty Ltd for the design, creation and publication of the online database of our laws. Leidos Pty Ltd is an Australian based document technology and cyber security service provider. 

The technology solution will be provided by way of:

(a) Leidos’ TeraText product suite to manage and search the laws database;

(b) an interface which will allow on-line searching and browsing of the laws database;

(c) a system to allow the database to be updated quickly and efficiently by government Legal Services as our law changes.

Leidos’ proposal was procured through the Falkland Islands Government systems using best value for money principles; providing the solution which most closely matched FIG’s specifications, whilst also providing a solution within budget.

The specifications for data display and storage, and search functionality are designed to provide excellent accessibility of the laws database.

A lengthy period of user acceptance testing will allow us to ensure that the database meets the required specifications and that the content of the database is accurate.

Legislative text - What will we publish?

Local laws

We will publish the full and up to date text of our laws.  Work to prepare these laws for pubication has now been signfianty progressed.  

- 206 Ordinanes (our primary loal laws) have been identified for publication.

- 390 seconary local laws have been identified for pubication.

The full text of 189 Ordinances and 334 secondary laws has been prepared, subject to project quality control, and sent to Leidos for entering on the database.  Work on remaining laws will continue in February and March, and any new laws made in the Falkland Islands will also be incorporated on the database.

Consultation will be invited on the proposed publication of our local laws in mid-January 2017.  See our consultation page for more information: Click here

UK laws

We have continued working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Ordinance and UK government departments to finalise a comprehensive list of UK laws which have been applied to the Falkland Islands by UK authorities.  The list is due to be subject to final approval in March 2017, and will be reflected in a United Kingdom declaratory Order in Council. 

Work is continuing to produce recommendations to the Legislative Assembly about updating the UK laws which we have adopted as our own (most of those laws were "frozen" in their application to the Falkalnd Islands at 31 July 2004). 

This work has been slightly delayed, so consultation on the proposals to update our adopted UK law will not now start until the end of January 2017 (see our consultation page for more information: Click here). 

When will we publish these laws?

Executive Council have endorsed the new target for publication of our laws of 31 May 2017.

Publication will be authorised by the Legislative Assembly through the Law Revision and Publication Bill.  The Bill will be considered by Executive Council in February 2017 and then submitted to the Legislative Assembly.  The Assembly will likely consider the detail of the Bill through Select Committee meetings, which are provisionally scheduled for March and April 2017.

Law Revision Expert Advisory Committee

The Law Revision Expert Advisory Committee last met on Thursday 12 January 2017.

A link to the Committee's published agendas and papers is here: LREAC agendas, papers, and minutes

The Committee is due to submit its third advice to Executive Council in Feburary 2017, and the paper will be made available on this site as soon as it is published.

 

Update posted by Ros Cheek, Statute Law Commissioner - 14 January 2017 - rcheek@sec.gov.fk

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Project Update: 13 September 2016

Preparatory Work

Whilst the project plans were largely approved by Executive Council in September 2015, further work is ongoing on plans for the mechanism to update adopted United Kingdom laws after publication of the Statute Law Database in 2017.  A paper will be considered by Executive Council on this matter at the end of September 2016.

Technology - How will we publish the laws?

The procurement for the technology solution for publicaiton of the Statute Law Database is progressing.  Contract negotiations with a preferred bidder are ongoing, but remain confidential.  More details will be published here in due course. 

Legislative text - What will we publish?

The following work is being undertaken to prepare the text of Falkland Islands laws and the lists of applicable United Kingdom laws, which will be published on the Statute Law Database:

1.  A preliminary list of Falkland Island laws has been compiled, and is to be finalised and updated before publication.  The list currently contains 195 Ordinances and 354 secondary instruments, which will all be published in full on the the Statute Law Database (United Kingdom laws applicable to the Falkland Islands will not be published in full).

2.  Work preparing the text of most of the Ordinances has been completed.  Work is yet to start on preparing the text for the secondary instruments.

3.  A preliminary list of United Kingdom laws which have been applied to the Falkland Islands has been compiled, and contains approximately 100 Acts, and approximately 150 statutory instruments.  The list is currently being considered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the United Kingdom as part of a process to ensure accuracy of the list.

4.  A preliminary list of United Kingdom laws which have been adopted by the Falkland Islands has been completed, and contains approximately 400 Acts, and approximately 300 statutory instruments.  Most of these adopted United Kingdom laws apply in the Falkland Islands as they stood on 31 July 2004.

5.  Work is underway to formulate recommendations to the Legislative Assembly for these adopted United Kingdom laws to be updated.

Consultation will start soon about recommendations to be made to the Legislative Assembly; to enable stakeholders to have thier say before any laws are revised or updated by the Assembly.

When will we publish the laws?

It was originally planned that the Statute Laws Database would be published by the end of March 2017. 

Whilst good progress has been made under the project, it has faced some delays because of resourcing difficulties.  It is now provisionally forecast that the Statute Laws Database will be published by the end of May 2017.

Law Revision Expert Advisory Committee

The next Committee meeting is scheduled to be held at Government House at 8.30am on Friday 16 September.

A link to Committee agendas, papers and agendas can be found here: LREAC agendas, papers, and minutes

The link to the Committee's secondary advisory paper to Executive Council (the Project Board), can be found here: Second report of the Law Revision Expert Advisory Committee to Executive Council

 

Update posted by Ros Cheek, Statute Law Commissioner - 13 September 2016 - rcheek@sec.gov.fk

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Project Update: 14 April 2016

Preparatory work

The Law Revision (Paving) Ordinance was passed by the Falkland Islands Legislative Assmebly, and came into force on 30 November 2015.  The Ordinance provides for the Statute Law Commissioner to:

  1. prepare a database of laws of the Falkland Islands; and
  2. draft legislation which enables the Legislative Assembly to approve the Statute Law Database as an authoritative statement of the laws of the Falkland Islands.

Technology - How will we publish the laws?

The procurement process for the technology solution for publication of the laws is currently underway.  After consideration of Expressions of Interest in March, a shortlist of six potential service providers was asked to submit detailed proposals.  The deadline for submission of proposals is 12 May 2016.  That will be followed by a negotiation or competetive dialogue, and it is hoped to appoint a contractor no later than July.

Legislative text - What will we publish?

The following work has been undertaken in compiling the text for the Statute Law Database:

1.  A comprehensive list of Falkland Islands laws which are recommended for inclusion in the Statute Law Database was completed by the end of November 2015.  This list consists of 188 Ordinances, and 353 secondary instruments.

2. The text of 32 of the Ordinances on the FI law list has now been prepared for entry onto the Database.  Work is ongoing.

3. A list of the United Kingdom laws which apply to the Falkland Islands is largely complete (containing 960 statutes).  Further work is required to ensure that the list is comprehensive and accurate in respect of both:

  1. UK statutes which have been adopted by the Falkland Islands by decision of the Falkland Islands authorities; and
  2. UK statutes which apply to the Falkland Islands by decision of the United Kingdom authorities.

Law Revision Expert Advisory Committee

The Law Revision Expert Advisory Committee held its first meeting on 14 December 2015.  A copy of its advisory paper to Executive Council about the project can be found here: First Report from the Law Revision Expert Advisory Committee to the Revised Laws Project Board - 24.2.16

The second meeting of the Law Revision Expert Advisory Committee was held on 11 March 2016. 

Copies of agendas and minutes for both meetings can be found on the Legislative Assembly's web-page for the committee here:

http://www.fig.gov.fk/assembly/index.php/committees/law-revision-expert-advisory-committee

The next meeting of the Committee is scheduled to take place in Government House on Wednesday 15 June 2016 at 8.30am. Committee meetings may be attended by members of the public.

 

Update posted by Ros Cheek, Statute Law Commissioner - 14 April 2016 - rcheek@sec.gov.fk