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Friday, January 9, 2015

Authenticating Electronic Legal Materials: UELMA & Beyond

What is UELMA?


The Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) is a uniform law that pertains to the publication of state primary legal material online.

The Act requires that official electronic legal material be:

(1) authenticated, by providing a method to determine that it is unaltered;

(2) preserved, either in electronic or print form; and

(3) accessible, for use by the public on a permanent basis.


How does UELMA impact me?


UELMA was drafted and approved by the Uniform Law Commission in 2011.

As of October 2014, UELMA has become law in twelve states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.


For more information:


AALL, UELMA Frequently Asked Questions (October 2014)


Uniform Law Commission, Enactment Status & Legislative Tracking