Greater access to Barbados Laws will soon become a reality.

In order to facilitate this process, the Attorney General’s Office will soon be implementing a Legislative Information Management Systems (LIMS) project.

Word of this has come from Deputy Chief Parliamentary Counsel, Cynthia Herbert, who said "the project will introduce technological advances, which will enable us to draft legislation more efficiently and also to update and consolidate the laws more quickly."

Stating that the laws will be published to the internet, thereby allowing greater access for parliamentarians, judges, lawyers, business persons, students, researchers and other members of the general public, the Deputy Chief Parliamentary Counsel pointed out that the LIMS project "will fully computerise the Office and in so doing modernise and bring a higher level of efficiency and productivity to all aspects of the preparation and production of legislation."

Ms. Herbert added: "As our Laws also act as a catalyst for the financial and economic growth of our country, it will now be possible for business persons to have access to the updated Laws which govern their business affairs.?? The Laws impact on the lives of every citizen in some way, from the very day on which that person is born.

"The availability of laws will improve the administration of justice, as citizens will be in a position to know their rights and obligations under the law.??

This will also empower them to be able to enforce and insist on their rights and by so doing provide greater protection of the law, as well as enable persons to plan their affairs in accordance with the law."

The Attorney General’s Chambers, through the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel, provides legislative drafting services and advice in an impartial and responsive manner to Parliament, the Barbados Government and public sector agencies.?? The Office is also responsible for law reform matters, the revision of the law and the incorporation of amendments into principal legislation.

IROSOFT, a Montreal-based world leader in Acts and Regulations Management Solutions, in collaboration with Montreal’s ESI Technologies, has signed an agreement for the implementation of its LIMS suite, a complete legislative management system.?? The project is expected to take approximately 16 months to be completed.

LIMS is currently being used by the Departments of Justice in Bermuda, Quebec and New Brunswick, as well as by Quebec City. Part of the suite is also being used by the Government of the Bahamas.


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