PAL running — but not yet for public

The testing phase is completed and the project has now moved on to the implementation phase

Those interested in reading New Zealand’s laws online on their PC will have to wait a while longer yet.

The Parliamentary Counsel Office’s Public Access to Legislation (PAL) project has completed the testing phase and has now moved on to the implementation phase. But the public won’t get a look-in just yet, as, for now, only staff in the Office of the Clerk and Inland Revenue can use the new system – to draft and publish legislation.

The date for launching the PAL website is “yet to be determined”, says the PCO, in a statement on its website. But it should be sometime during the “transition period”, which extends over the next three months.

“Before [the website launch] can happen, the legislative data that was loaded into the system ... needs to be brought up to date,” says the statement.

This is being done by PCO staff, with the aid of legal publishers Brookers, which has been maintaining an interim website due to delays to the PAL project.

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