State-by-State Report on the Authentication of Online Legal Resources
April 09, 2007 at 9:54 AM
The American Association of Law Libraries has made a 200-plus page State-by-State Report on the Authentication of Online Legal Resources available online. Among the Report’s key findings:
--States are beginning to discontinue print official legal sources, substituting online official legal sources
--Disclaimers are prevalent, eroding the authority of even official online legal sources
--No state’s online legal sources are authenticated.
For purposes of the Report, an official source is "governmentally mandated or approved by statute or rule;" an authentic text is "one whose content has been verified by a government entity to be complete and unaltered when compared to the version approved or published by the content originator."
Maryruth Storer, of the Orange County Public Law Library, authored the portion of the Report on California. She notes that "California has provided free online access to primary legal materials for a number of years, but no agency has moved ahead to establish a true official or authenticated source for these items."
The Law Librarian Blog has a posting about the Report this morning and a link to it in .pdf format.