Mon, Oct. 20, 2008

Central Criminal Records

CK - Washington.   Beginning January 1, 2009, criminal records from the federal register will become available through electronic transmission. The federal attorney general issued a press release on October 15, 2008, explaining that the federal cabinet in Berlin passed the required regulation which the federal second house, Bundesrat, is expected to approve.

What is odd about the release is the lacking reference to the federal diet which is normally in charge of legislation. Another odd element is the mention of a regulation, not a statute, that will effect the change.

The regulation is likely the result of a rulemaking effort of such significance that the aggregate of the departments represented in the cabinet needed to consent. The attorney general notes that the change will not affect privacy laws.


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