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Service of the week: Laws online Government of Antigua and Barbuda


This is a compedium of Antigua and Barbuda law up to 2009 presented in a very easy to navigate format.  The index of laws is in text format in alphabetical or chronological order with a chance to navigate by letter.

This is an example of a government using the web to present its citizens with a thorough look not only at the laws, but also the bills that are currently under review.

The documents are in PDF format and even though they contain bitmap images instead of text, the latest version of Adobe Acrobat is able to identify text without problems.

Selected text from a law document at the Antigua and Barbuda Law website

The search engine is also quite good in that, even if documents are in PDF format, the links lead you to the exact page of the keyword being queried.

This website is a must for anyone researching Caribbean history as documents can be used to get additional context.  For example, I found a law related to the incorporation of the Moravian Church in 1982, confirming its role in Caribbean faith.

Let’s hope that other governments can follow this example.

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