National Laws 67% 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?

Data Usability Beta

The submitter assessed the usability of the data as follows (3 - little to no effort needed, 1 - extensive effort needed): 2

Data Location

  • http://moj.gov.jm/laws - Ministry of Justice
  • www.japarliament.gov.jm - Houses of Parliament
  • All answers

    Question Answer Comment
    Openly licenced No
    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
    In an open and machine-readable format Legislation documents are available for download in PDF formats
    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.

    Details

    The dissemination of the data or legislation files would benefit from adjusting the UI/UX and centralizing the data

    Reviewer comments

    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

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    Date the data became available   Unknown
    Format of data   Unknown
    Reviewer   Michael Beatty
    Submitters   Alesha Aris
    Last modified   Thu Jan 12 2017 21:42:14 GMT+0000 (UTC)