Open Knowledge

Legislation 60% open

Czech Republic

What data is expected?

This data category requires all national laws and statutes available to be available online, although it is not a requirement that information on legislative behaviour e.g. voting records is available. To satisfy this category, the following minimum criteria must be met:

  • Content of the law / status
  • If applicable, all relevant amendments to the law
  • Date of last amendments
  • Data should be updated at least on quarterly

What data is available

  •   Openly licensed? Unsure (No URL given)
  •   Is the data available for free? Yes
  •   Is the data machine readable? Yes (TXT)
  •   Available in bulk? No
  •   Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis? Yes
  •   Publicly available? Yes published by Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic)
  •   Is data in digital form? Yes
  •   Is the data available online? Yes (Here)
  •   Does the data exist? Yes


The data are accessible online via a web browser and downloadable in PDF and TXT format. The acts can be only downloaded separately one at the time.

The licensing is a problem, since there is no license provision available. On one hand, texts of legislation are exempted from the copyright protection by law and are therefore free to be used. On the other hand, the administration is not a creator of consolidated versions of acts, which are later published online. New acts are valid only after they are published in the official Collection, which is official and binding only in the printed paper offline form. When an amendment of an act is enacted, it is a new act which only enumerates changes in the older act. The consolidated versions of acts are in the Czech Republic unofficial and created by private companies. As can be seen from the downloadable PDF files, the consolidated versions of acts for this dataset are provided by a company Wolters Kluwer Česká Republika. There probably are some sui generis database rights of Wolters Kluwer Česká Republika. The legal relationship between the administration and Walters Kluwer when it comes to this issue is not described. The current situation is therefore that anyone can access this unofficial online version of legislation, but this data set probably cannot be harvested due to the database rights.

Reviewer comments

Corrected the answer to the machine readability question since TXT is considered machine readable.



  • Kamil Gregor


  • Jakub Míšek