Types of documents in the library

There are several different types of documents in the library. Each type of document has different characteristics. Each type of document may be related to other documents in the library. The following sections explain these different types of documents.

Original Document

Original documents are scanned images of original legal documents. These may be provincial gazettes or other printed legal documents that have been scanned, converted into Adobe Acrobat Portable Document File (PDF) format, and uploaded to the library. A scanned image of an original legal document may contain one or many laws, orders, and regulations. Scanned images of original documents show laws in their original, officially published form, including any official signatures or stamps.Scanned image of original document.

It is usually not possible to search the text in a scanned original document image. This is because the image is like a photograph, so that the library search function cannot automatically read the text of the document It is possible to process scanned original document PDF files so that the text can be searched. The library will index and search such files automatically.

An original document image may be linked to one or more other documents in the library. For example, it is common for an individual law to be related (linked) to the scanned image of the original gazette in which it was first published. A piece of legal literature that discusses related issues might also be linked to an original scanned document. Links to related documents in the library are shown at the bottom of each document listing. You may click on these links to access the related document.

Legal Document

A legal document is a single law, judicial decision, legislative record, administrative decision, financial or budgetary decision, executive order, regulation, or other document that is an official law. These legal documents normally originate from official gazettes. They can be published separately in the library and linked to the scanned original document image of the official gazette. This makes it possible to classify each law and decision separately and in a searchable form. Library users can then find these documents more quickly.

When a legal document is added to the library it is classified by jurisdiction and subject. The language of the document, date the law or decision was published, the status of the law or decision, and other information about the law or decision are also entered into the library record. 

Any legal document can be related to any other legal document. For example, the amendments to a law can be related (linked) to the original law, and the original law linked to the scanned image of the original gazette in which it was published. A judicial decision may also be related to a law that was the subject of the decision. An expert commentary on the law may be added to the legal literature collection of the library and linked to the law.

Links to related documents in the library are shown at the bottom of each document listing. You may click on these links to access the related document.

Legal Literature

Legal literature are writings that cover legal topics, but do no carry the weight of a law. They include legal commentary about the law written by legal experts. These documents are normally published in the library in PDF format.

A piece of legal literature may be related to one or more legal documents or scanned original documents in the library.   Links to related documents in the library are shown at the bottom of each document listing. You may click on these links to access the related document.

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