1. LEGAL GAZETTE
(Civil Affairs Agency)
Gyldenløvesgade 11, 2 — 1600 Copenhagen V
Tel. +45 33923334
Fax +45 39204505
Websites: http://www.civilstyrelsen.dk / http://www.lovtidende.dk
There are distinct official publications for primary/secondary legislation (Lovtidende) and for sub-legislative norms (Ministerialtidende), which are the legal gazettes, and Statstidende, which is the official gazette, see point 1.2 for details. First edition The first paper edition was published on 4 January 1871, whereas the new electronic edition (of the now paperless legal gazette) has been available since 1 January 2008. First online edition The legally binding online edition has existed since 1 January 2008. Previously, no electronic legal gazette had been published, but the texts have been available online since the mid-1980s via the legal information system Retsinformation (see point 3.2). Ministerialtidende has been online since 1998 via the same website (https://www.retsinformation.dk).
Paper edition Online edition CD/DVD edition Lovtidende
A paper edition is no longer published.
PDF from 1 January 2008
Access and price
No CD/DVD edition
1.2. Details on the legal gazette in general
- Lovtidende A: acts, consolidated acts, statutory orders
- Lovtidende B: the state budget
- Lovtidende C: treaties
- Ministerialtidende (Ministerial Journal): circulars, statements, and guidance on the internal operations of the ministries
Legal basis Law on the publishing of a Legal Journal and a Ministerial Journal, see Legal announcement No 608 of 24 June 2008.
(Lov om udgivelsen af en Lovtidende og en Ministerialtidende, jf. lovbekendtgørelse nr. 608 af 24. juni 2008.)
Legally binding The electronic edition of the legal journal has been legally binding since 1 January 2008. Until 31 December 2007 the paper edition was legally binding. Financing State budget Other gazettes Statstidende (State journal) (https://www.statstidende.dk/) is the official gazette containing legal notices.
1.3. Details on the online editionhttp://www.lovtidende.dk
See also point 1.1
- Document notification system via e-mail
- Different indexes and search in title, number and year
Format description Authenticity The measures used to guarantee the integrity of the workflow and the authenticity of the (electronically) published text include a chain of trust, the digital and server signature, SLL protocol and other systems (see also point 1.5). Archiving The publishing organisation has taken care of archiving since 1 January 2008. The archiving of electronic legislation/electronic official texts in general is regulated by Law announcement No 1035 of 21 August 2007 on the archive law (LBK nr. 1035 af 21. august 2007 — Gældende bekendtgørelse af arkivloven (arkivloven)). This law concerns public archives, but not specifically electronic archives.
1.4. Details on the publishing institutionCivilstyrelsen
(Civil Affairs Agency)
For contact details, please refer to point 1.1
Form and nature Public: the Civil Affairs Agency is part of the Ministry of Justice. Basic tasks
- Pre-press: no
- Printing: no
- Dissemination/distribution: no
- Legal gazette online: yes
- Legislation database: yes
- Consolidation: no
Retsinformation informs the authorities of practical issues related to the publication of laws in the official journal, and serves as a helpdesk for the production system. Retsinformation helps citizens as far as possible with questions related to the publication of acts and the use of the databases, but gives no legal advice on the content of laws and regulations (which falls under the remit of the relevant ministry).
1.5. Drafting and publishing procedures
Since 24 September 2007, a system named Lex Dania has been used for drafting legislation (for both primary and secondary legislation). Drafting is done in Microsoft Word, but validation, transformation and styling is carried out by Lex Dania. Output: XML, PDF and HTML. Workflow A single electronic workflow system is in place for drafting, adopting and publishing legislation. Publishing
- Electronic edition (legally binding since 1 January 2008).
- The text can be made available online within 10 minutes after reception by the publishing organisation.
- The relevant ministry was responsible for proofreading and editing.
- The paper edition existed until 31 December 2007.
- The paper and electronic editions were derived from the same file and published at the same time (until December 2007).
- The minimum period between the reception of the draft by the publishing organisation and availability of the text is about one day.
2. COLLECTIONS OF CONSOLIDATED LEGISLATION
There is no systematic consolidation of legislation. However, the legal gazette publishes primary legislation in its original form (i.e. amending acts separately) as well as in an official ‘restatement’ (published in the form of a Lovbekendtgørelse) under the responsibility of the competent ministries. Each ministry is therefore responsible for the consolidation of its own acts.
3. LEGISLATIVE PORTALS AND ONLINE DATABASES
3.1. Official portalsBorger
IT-og Telestyrelsen Content In its first part, Lovgivning (https://www.borger.dk/Lovgivning/Sider/default.aspx), the portal gives access to national and EU legislation.
3.2. Official databasesFor the Lovtidende online, see point 1.3
(see point 1.4)
Content Primary and secondary legislation, sub-legislative norms established by ministries and other state bodies, acts of parliament, bills of parliament and other parliamentary documents. Access Free of charge Access via N-Lex
(see Annex 2)
3.3. Additional information: other commonly used legal databases