National Laws 60% open

Jamaica

What data is expected?

This data category requires all national laws and statutes to be available online, although it is not a requirement that information on legislative behaviour e.g. voting records is available.

  • Content of the law / status
  • Date of last amendment
  • Amendments to the law (if applicable)

How open is the data?

All answers

Question Answer Comment
Openly licenced No
In an open and machine-readable format Legislation documents are available for download in PDF formats
Downloadable at once Yes
Up-to-date Yes The dissemination of the data/legislation is disjointed between 2 websites, The collection of data in periodic groups lead to broken links on the House of Parliament page. This page was linked from the Ministry of Justice site following the link " Latest Bills and Acts". However following the drop down menu under "Publications" on the House of Parliament Site there were files observed to have been uploaded for 2016.
Publicly available Yes
Available free of charge Yes
findable 2
findable_steps Upon entering the keyword "National Laws of Jamaica" The results lead me to the Ministry of Justice website. Upon reading the site further it explained that Houses of Parliament website hosted more recent legislation after 2009.
Collected by government Yes The Ministry of Justice is the responsible agent for the collection and dissemination of the National Laws via an online server
usability 2
collector_name Ministry of Justice
characteristics Content of the law / status, Date of last amendment, Amendments to the law (if applicable) A PDF download of the legislation is made available
location http://moj.gov.jm/laws - Ministry of Justice , www.japarliament.gov.jm - Houses of Parliament The versions of the legislation on the Ministry of Justice website is made available for information only and any legislation printed from this website has no official status. Legislation that has been passed by the Houses of Parliament and brought into effect prior to 2010. Legislation passed by the Houses of Parliament since 2009 are located at the Jamaica Parliament website www.japarliament.gov.jm.
The dissemination of the data or legislation files would benefit from adjusting the UI/UX and centralizing the data

Law are very easy to find using the filter. All information and data are available on the given websites. Comments are below: B1: The Ministry of Justice is the responsible agent for the collection and dissemination of the National Laws via an online server B2.2: The versions of the legislation on the Ministry of Justice website is made available for information only and any legislation printed from this website has no official status. Legislation that has been passed by the Houses of Parliament and brought into effect prior to 2010. Legislation passed by the Houses of Parliament since 2009 are located at the Jamaica Parliament website www.japarliament.gov.jm. B6: The dissemination of the data/legislation is disjointed between 2 websites, The collection of data in periodic groups lead to broken links on the House of Parliament page. This page was linked from the Ministry of Justice site following the link " Latest Bills and Acts". However following the drop down menu under "Publications" on the House of Parliament Site there were files observed to have been uploaded for 2016. B8: Legislation documents are available for download in PDF formats

Meta data

Data location   http://moj.gov.jm/laws - Ministry of Justice
   www.japarliament.gov.jm - Houses of Parliament
Data licence   Unknown
Data format   Unknown
Reviewer   Michael Beatty
Submitters   Alesha Aris
Last modified   Thu Jan 12 2017 21:42:14 GMT+0000 (UTC)