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[This document was last updated on 17 November 2016.]

Questions



General

  1. What does the Bilingual Laws Information System (BLIS) contain?
  2. Where can I find Bills?
  3. Where can I find amendment legislation?
  4. Is the BLIS version of the Laws the same as the Loose-leaf edition?
  5. How up-to-date are the Laws in the system?
  6. Can I find the past versions of the Laws?
  7. If I don't know how to use the system, what should I do?
  8. Can I seek legal advice from you?
  9. Can I download and reproduce the Laws from BLIS?
  10. Can I view and search the Chinese text of legislation in BLIS?
  11. What software was used to develop the system?
  12. If I obtain a blank screen when accessing the website, what should I do?
  13. Where can I buy a hard copy of an Ordinance or subsidiary legislation?
  14. What functions are available in the Individual Section Mode and the Whole Enactment Mode?
  15. Some Ordinances and subsidiary legislation show Part headings and Division headings in the list of section headings. Why is it that Part headings and Division headings are not shown in some other Ordinances and subsidiary legislation?

Individual Section Mode
  1. What search functions are available in the Individual Section Mode?
  2. After I have done a search in the Individual Section Mode, the system returns "Query is not understandable!". What should I do?
  3. What is the usage of Cookies in BLIS?
  4. Some documents are missing from the search result of the Individual Section Mode, why?
  5. I want to use Lotus Notes Desktop/ Client to access the Individual Section Mode. What should I do?
  6. How can I set up hyperlinks to a provision in BLIS?
  7. The sentence "Click pencil mark to show provision(s) to be updated" appears on top of the page showing the list of Ordinances/subsidiary legislation. What will be shown after clicking pencil mark?


Whole Enactment Mode

  1. How can I view the complete text of an Ordinance or subsidiary legislation?
  2. The sentence "Click pencil mark to show whole enactments with provision(s) to be updated" appears on top of the page showing the list of Ordinances/subsidiary legislation. What will be shown after clicking pencil mark?

Answers


General
  1. What does the Bilingual Laws Information System (BLIS) contain?

    BLIS contains -
    the statute laws of Hong Kong in English and Chinese (over 680 principal Ordinances and 1300 items of subsidiary legislation) (the "Laws");
    constitutional instruments and other relevant documents, including the constitution of the PRC, the Sino-British Joint Declaration, the Basic Law of the HKSAR and the PRC national laws that apply in the HKSAR;
    the English-Chinese Glossary of Legal Terms and the Chinese-English Glossary of Legal Terms;
    a Chinese Subject Index of Ordinances and an English Subject Index of Ordinances
    For details, please refer to the "What is BLIS" page.

  2. Where can I find Bills?

    You may find Bills in the eGazette website and the website of the Legislative Council.

  3. Where can I find amendment legislation?

    You may find amendment legislation (i.e., Ordinances and subsidiary legislation making amendments to existing legislation) in the eGazette website.

    Please note that though the amendments made by amendment legislation will be incorporated in the text of the existing legislation in BLIS after the amendments come into operation, amendment legislation will not be kept in BLIS.

  4. Is the BLIS version of the Laws the same as the Loose-leaf edition?

    BLIS is available on the Internet free of charge and is updated within an average of three weeks after a new law or an amendment to existing laws has come into operation. It presents a more accessible and up-to-date version of the Laws when compared with the Loose-leaf edition of the Laws of Hong Kong which is updated once every 4 to 6 months.

    You should however be wary that that the version of the Laws contained in BLIS does not have legal status. Please refer to the information in the "Status of Legislation in BLIS" page under "Terms of Use".

  5. How up-to-date are the Laws in the system?

    The Laws in the system are up-to-date as at today’s date, except provisions against which a pencil edit mark (pencil mark) has been inserted. The mark alerts users that an amendment has been made to the affected provision, and the amendment has come into operation but has yet to be incorporated in the text of that provision. A provision that does not have a pencil edit mark (pencil mark) inserted against its heading is up-to-date.

    New laws or amendments to existing Laws are incorporated into the system within an average of three weeks after the new laws or amendments have come into operation.

    For further details, please refer to the explanations on [Alert to amendments already in operation pending updating] and [Legislation not yet in operation] in the "What is BLIS" document.

  6. Can I find the past versions of the Laws?

    As explained in the "What is BLIS" document, the earliest version of the Laws captured in BLIS is the Laws as in force on 30 June 1997. If a provision of an existing Ordinance or subsidiary legislation is amended (whether in the form of textual amendment or repeal) after 30 June 1997, the provision as amended will be stored in a separate document file as a new version bearing a different "Version Date" (which is the commencement date of the amendment). All past versions are still being kept in the BLIS database and are retrievable.

    To search for different versions of a particular provision, please click the [Current & Past] button under "Select Version" at the Selection Menu under the Individual Section Mode and then click the [Enter] button. A provision with past and current versions has a triangular twistie (twistie) next to its heading. All the versions with their respective version dates will be displayed after clicking the twistie (twistie).

  7. I don't know how to use the system. What should I do?

    You may refer to the "How to use BLIS" page. The document contains useful tips on the use of the system. Any questions on the use of BLIS can also be sent to the Department of Justice by e-mail to elegislation-enq@doj.gov.hk or fax at (852) 2536 8506.

  8. Can I seek legal advice from you?

    No, we are not in a position to offer legal advice to individual members of the public or private companies. The general duty of the Department of Justice is to provide internal legal services to other government departments and bureaux. If necessary, you may consider seeking professional advice from a legal practitioner.

  9. Can I download and reproduce the Laws from BLIS?

    Please refer to the "Copyright Policy" page which contains the Government's policy on the reproduction of the Laws of Hong Kong and related issues.

  10. Can I view and search the Chinese text of legislation in BLIS?

    If your computer can support Chinese, such as by installation of Windows Vista or Windows XP, you may click the [traditional Chinese] or [simplified Chinese] icon to access the Chinese homepage of BLIS and read the text of laws in traditional or simplified Chinese characters respectively.

  11. What software was used to develop the system?

    Lotus Domino Server R8

  12. If I obtain a blank screen when accessing the website, what should I do?

    Try the "View" -> "Refresh" function of your web browser. Also, check to ensure that the "Encoding" (in Internet Explorer) or "Character encoding" (in Firefox) under "View" has been set correctly. Then try to access the website again. If it still fails, you may need to consult your computer technician or Internet service provider.

  13. Where can I buy a hard copy of an Ordinance or subsidiary legislation?

    You may do so through the following channels:
    the online Government Bookstore;
    by phone ( 2537 1910 ) to the Publications Sales Unit of the Information Services Department (ISD);
    by fax ( 2523 7195 ) or online after downloading the order form from the ISD website;
    by email to puborder@isd.gov.hk.
  14. What functions are available in the Individual Section Mode and the Whole Enactment Mode?

    With the Individual Section Mode, each section, regulation, rule, etc. of an Ordinance or subsidiary legislation and each of its past versions dating back to 30 June 1997 is kept as a separate document. You may view and print each of them separately and make use of the available search facilities to retrieve relevant sections, regulations, rules, etc.

    If you want to view, download and print the complete text of the current version of an Ordinance or subsidiary legislation in a PDF file, you can go to the Whole Enactment Mode. Past versions of Ordinances or subsidiary legislation, however, are not available in this mode.

    For details of use, please refer to the "How to use BLIS" page.

  15. Some Ordinances and subsidiary legislation show Part headings and Division headings in the list of section headings. Why is it that Part headings and Division headings are not shown in some other Ordinances and subsidiary legislation?

    In the past, a Part heading or Division heading of an Ordinance or subsidiary legislation was entered as part of the text of the first section under that Part or Division, and it is not possible to see that Part heading or Division heading from the list of section headings. From July 2009 onwards, Part headings and Division headings have been added as separate documents in the BLIS database gradually, so that users may easily see what sections come under a particular Part heading or Division heading. There will be a transitional period before Part headings and Division headings could be entered for all Ordinances and subsidiary legislation in BLIS.
Individual Section Mode
  1. What search functions are available in the Individual Section Mode?

    It provides quick display of any section of an enactment in either English or Chinese; full text search functions ( including searching for phrases and word combinations; searching for definitions of terms used in the Laws; and some customized search functions, e.g. searching for the Laws in force at a specified date). For details, please refer to the "How to use BLIS" document.

  2. After I have effected a search in the Individual Section Mode, the system returns "Query is not understandable!". What should I do?

    You may have searched for some system reserved keywords which include "and", "not", "or", "contains", "near", "accrue", "exactcase", "termweight", "paragraph", "field", "sentence" and "topic". You can search for these words only by placing them inside double quotes. Another possibility is that you have disabled cookies in your browser. Try to set your browser to accept cookies when searching BLIS. If you are using Internet Explorer 6.0, check to ensure that the "Privacy" under "Internet Options" has been set to "medium high" or below.

  3. What is the usage of Cookies in BLIS?

    The use of cookies in your web browser is to facilitate database searching and navigation by keeping track of the database view you have selected. When you close all browsers, our cookies will be deleted at the same time. No personal information is collected from your computer when the system makes use of the cookies.

  4. Some documents are missing from the search result of the Individual Section Mode, why?

    Some statutory forms, traffic signs and other symbols are stored as images instead of text format in the database and the words contained inside the images are not searchable. Also, you may need to increase the maximum results to be retrieved up to 4999 in the advanced search, but the response time will be a bit slower. Please also check if you have selected the correct database (i.e. [Ordinance], [Sub. Leg.] or [Ord. & Sub. Leg.]).

  5. I want to use Lotus Notes to access the Individual Section Mode. What should I do?

    You need to set up your Lotus Notes R6, R7 or R8 - not any other version for technical compatibility reason - to access the BLIS database. If you have followed all the guidelines laid down in the zip files downloaded from the "How to Use BLIS" page but still cannot access the database, you would need to consult the IT department of your company as they may have blocked your connection for security or other reasons.

    However, please note that a new legislation database is being developed by the Department of Justice. Lotus Notes R6, 7 or 8 would no longer be applicable by then.

  6. How can I set up hyperlinks to a provision in BLIS?

    To set up hyperlinks at the level of a chapter (e.g. linking to the Legislation Publication Ordinance (Cap. 614)), you have to follow the format below -
     
    English version:
    http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_ind.nsf/WebView?OpenAgent&cap=CurAllEngDoc*(Chapter No.)
     
    Traditional Chinese version:
    http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_ind.nsf/WebView?OpenAgent&cap=CurAllChinDoc*(Chapter No.)
     
    Simplified Chinese version:
    http://translate.blis.gov.hk/gb/www.blis.gov.hk/blis_ind.nsf/WebView?OpenAgent&cap=CurAllChinDoc*(Chapter No.)
     
    For example, the link to the Legislation Publication Ordinance (Cap. 614) (English version) is
    http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_ind.nsf/WebView?OpenAgent&cap=CurAllEngDoc*614
     
    For particular provision of a chapter, you may click [Bookmark bookmark] shown at the upper right corner of the provision to copy the Unified Resource Locators (URLs).


  7. The sentence "Click pencil mark to show provision(s) pending update" appears on top of the page showing the list of Ordinances/subsidiary legislation. What will be shown after clicking pencil mark?

    After clicking pencil mark , a list of provisions with a pencil edit mark (pencil mark) inserted in front of their headings will appear. Each of these provisions is subject to amendments that have commenced operation but have not yet been incorporated in the text of the provision. All other provisions in BLIS (i.e., provisions not appearing in the list) are up-to-date as at today’s date.
Whole Enactment Mode
  1. How can I view the complete text of an Ordinance or subsidiary legislation in one go?

    Enter the Whole Enactment Mode and click on the Ordinance or subsidiary legislation that you would like to view. The table of contents of the Ordinance or subsidiary legislation and also a link to download the full text of the enactment in PDF version will be shown. You may then download the PDF file and open it in Adobe Acrobat Reader [Download Here]. For details and limitations on use, please refer to the "How to use BLIS" document.


  2. The sentence "Click pencil mark to show whole enactments with provision(s) to be updated" appears on top of the page showing the list of Ordinances/subsidiary legislation. What will be shown after clicking pencil mark?

    After clicking pencil mark, a list of Ordinances/subsidiary legislation will appear. Each of these Ordinances/subsidiary legislation contains provisions that have been amended and the amendments, though having commenced operation, have not yet been incorporated in the text of the provisions. All other Ordinances/subsidiary legislation (i.e., Ordinances/subsidiary legislation not in the list) are up-to-date as at today’s date.