Authentication and Preservation of State Electronic Legal Materials

The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) is developing a uniform Authentication and Preservation of State Electronic Legal Materials Act.  In its current iteration, the draft act appears to require:

  • the designation of an official publisher(s) of legal materials,
  • the designation of official legal publications,
  • authentication of electronic legal publications certifying that the electronic record is a true and correct copy,
  • identifying methods that may be used to determine that the record has been unaltered,
  • preservation of electronic legal materials by the publisher,
  • implementation of back-up and disaster recover to assure longevity of electronic legal materials, and
  • updating storage formats to assure longevity of the legal materials.

ACR leadership has asked Jeff Hague (DE) to attend and observe the next drafting committee meeting, which is scheduled for November 19 and 20, 2010, in Washington, D.C.  More information about the drafting committee, including links to the latest draft, is available online at

4/19/2011 Update:  Back in February, NCCUSL changed its web site.  The new address for the Electronic Legal Materials Act Committee is .


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