Electronic Transactions ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

CHAPTER I

GENERAL PROVISIONS

2. Objectives of the Act.

CHAPTER II

RECOGNITION DATA MESSAGES AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS IN ELECTRONIC FORM

3. Legal recognition of electronic records.

4. Requirement for writing.

5. Requirements for original form.

6. Requirements for retention.

7. Legal recognition of electronic signatures.

8. Use of electronic records and electronic signatures in Government institutions and statutory bodies.

9. Publication in electronic forms of Gazette deemed to be publication.

10. Ministry, department, & etc, to accept or issue any document in electronic form.

CHAPTER III

ELECTRONIC CONTRACTS

11. Electronic Contracts.

11A. Invitation to make offers.

12. Attribution of electronic records.

13. Acknowledgement of receipt.

14. Time and place of dispatch and receipt of electronic records.

14A. Error in electronic communications.

15. Variation by agreement.

16. Liability of Certification Service Providers.

17. Avoidance of doubt.

CHAPTER IV

CERTIFICATION AUTHORITY AND CERTIFICATION OF SERVICE PROVIDERS

18. Designation of a Certification Authority.

18A. Minister to appoint the task forces.

19. Powers of Certification Authority.

20. Licensing or authorising the Certification Service Providers.

CHAPTER V

RULES GOVERNING EVIDENCE

21. Applicability of the Rules of Evidence.

22. Provisions of the Evidence (Special Provisions) Act, No. 14 of 1995 not to apply.

CHAPTER VI

MISCELLANEOUS

23. Restriction on application of the Act.

24. Regulations.

25. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

26. Interpretation.

AN ACT to recognise and facilitate the formation of contracts, the creation and exchange of data messages, electronic documents, electronic records and other communications in electronic form in Sri Lanka, and to provide for the appointment of a certification authority and licensing and authorising of certification service providers; to give effect to the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Long title am by s 2 of Act 25 of 2017.]

19 of 2006,

25 of 2017.

[Date of Commencement: 19th May, 2006]

1. Short title.

(1) This Act may be cited as the Electronic Transactions Act.

(2) The provisions of subsection (1) of this section shall come into operation on the date on which this Act is Certified as an Act of Parliament and the other provisions shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may appoint, by Order published in the Gazette (hereinafter referred to as the “appointed date”).

CHAPTER I

GENERAL PROVISIONS

2. Objectives of the Act.

The objectives of the Act shall be—

(a) to facilitate domestic and international electronic commerce by eliminating legal barriers and establishing legal certainty;

(b) to encourage the use of reliable forms of electronic commerce;

(c) to facilitate electronic filing of any application, petition, plaint, answer, written submission or any other document with any court;

[S 2(c) am by s 3(1) of Act 25 of 2017.]

(ca) to facilitate electronic filing of any form, application, or any other document with any ministry, department, provincial council, provincial ministry and department or local authority or, office, body or agency owned or controlled by the Government or a statutory body in a particular manner and to promote efficient delivery of public service by means of reliable forms of electronic communications;

[S 2(ca) ins by s 3(1) of Act 25 of 2017.]

(d) to promote public confidence in the authenticity, integrity and reliability of data messages, electronic documents, electronic records or other communications; and

[S 2(d) am by s 3(2) of Act 25 of 2017.]

(e) to implement the provisions of the Convention subject to such restrictions specified in section 23 of this Act declared at the time of ratification of the Convention.

[S 2(e) ins by s 3(3) of Act 25 of 2017.]

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