In Poland, official journals (legal gazettes) have been published for 200 years in paper version. On January 1, 2012 Poland will join the group of countries where legal gazettes are published electronically on the Internet. The article contains an analysis of the amended Act on Promulgation of Normative Acts and Some Other Legal Acts, which implements that reform. The first part of the article deals with the doubts and fears that have arisen during parliamentary work on the Act. In the author's view, they partly result from the fact that the above-mentioned amendment relates mostly to the cultural sphere and require the recipients of legal information to change their old habits. He argues that official journals published in electronic form will be more accessible than their paper predecessors. The author examines in detail the methods, provided by the Act, to ensure authenticity and integrity of electronic legal documents, as well as the requirement of regular (at least once in 12 months) publication of a consolidated text of an act which has been amended. In the final part, the author wonders how the rules of legal gazettes will change and opts against the practice according to which acts may enter into force on the day they are published.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.