onq wrote:Do none of the departments in this Government ever produce consolidated texts for the purpose of clarity - even to aid with in house checking prior to publication?
CK wrote:Why don't they just insert the amendment into the Act itself? It would make things easier for everyone.
I agree that it's a pain in the backside, but its pretty much the way its done everywhere. There are some instances of consolidated acts being produced alongside "inserts", but the inserts have to always be produced.
If just a revised act was produced, how you you ever find what was changed, esp in some of the bigger acts. The system of law, even some of the current acts pre-date wide spread use of computers and printers. It was previously unfeasible to re-print the whole act with every ammendment. Even re-printing the section may throw the other pages off. So it was issued as inserts to save time and money.
Also, we are concerned with only a few acts, condsider legal professions who are concerned with far more, there are more amendments than days each year, that's another reason for inserts. When an insert comes out, you mark the relevant section in the main act.
There is probably some adversion to going digital for fear it gets compromised. So ultimately its going to be a hardcopy system for some time.
I'm not defending the system, I'm just pointing out that you appear to be looking at it in a very close minded point of view.
I will admit that outside of the Law library and IrishStatuteBook, which can continue to use the insert system, the Dept. of Environment should separatly produce a coloured PDF for reference
with exclusions in red, inserts in green, for the industry.
This imo solves all problems, the current systems continues for all the legal eagles out there, but the rest of us get one document.