Legislation specific to PRONI
Two pieces of legislation relevant to the management of public records dictate how the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) conducts its everyday business.
The Public Records Act (NI), 1923The Public Records Act (NI) 1923 (80KB) established PRONI as the place of deposit for public records, created the roles of Keeper and Deputy Keeper of the records as well as defining what public records actually are. It also permitted PRONI to accept records from private sources.
Disposal of Documents Order, 1925A further piece of legislation, the 1925 Disposal of Documents Order (80KB) was then passed. This sets out how PRONI and government departments should deal with the disposal of public records once their business need comes to an end.
General Legislation which affects PRONIIn addition to the legislation specific to PRONI, there are several other pieces of legislation that PRONI, as a public body, has to adhere to:
The Lord Chancellor’s Code of Practice, 2000The Lord Chancellor’s Code of Practice under section 46 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (56KB) sets out what the Lord Chancellor requires from public authorities as they carry out their duties in relation to the Freedom of Information Act.
The aims of the code are twofold;
- the first aim is to provide a suitable set of practices in relation to the creation, management and disposal of public records;
- the second deals with the arrangements for reviewing and transferring the records to a place of deposit once their administrative use has come to an end.