The UK Government’s long awaited Statute Law Database has gone live today. The aim of the site is to provide, up-to-date consolidated legislation free of charge for the first time. The updating of some of the legislation is still taking place, but this now provides a good free alternative to the likes of Lexis etc.
I tried out the site in the last stage of its beta testing and was reasonably impressed with it. Takes a while to get used to all the symbols and there are some of the things I still don’t like. For example, when you find a piece of legislation you may get a box saying:
Update Status Warning: There are effects on this legislation that have not yet been applied to the Statute Law Database for the following year(s): It will then tell you to see the Tables of legislative effects for details and also the Update status of legislation.
Now if you click on the Tables of legislative effects; rather than it taking you to the relevant page for the piece of legislation your in, it takes you to the search page, where you need to conduct a new search. Not very helpful.
That quibble aside, this is a great tool to have (at last)