NATIONAL ARCHIVES LAW

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Date of operation.

3. Department of National Archives.

4. Appointment of officers.

5. Official seal.

6. National Archives Advisory Council.

7. Functions of the Advisory Council.

8. Powers and duties of the Director.

9. Selection and transfer of public records to the National Archives.

9A. Presidential Archives Division and Reference Service.

10. Procedure relating to documents where public office is to be closed down.

11. Records of Commissions to be transmitted to the Director.

12. Documents and manuscript in private possession.

13. Transmission of certain copies or specimens of certain publications to the Director.

14. Prohibition of export of certain documents and manuscripts from Sri Lanka.

15. Authentication of copies and extracts.

16. Regulations.

17. Penalties.

18. Records maintained under certain written laws but transferred to the National Archives to be maintained under those written laws.

19. Savings in the case of certain records.

20. This Law not to affect the operation of the national Museums Ordinance.

21. Copies of books and newspapers to be deposited at the National Archives.

22. Deposit in the national Archives of public and private records received for permanent preservation.

23. Temporary transfer of records from National Archives.

24. Interpretation.

SCHEDULES

48 of 1973,

5 of 1976,

30 of 1981,

12 of 2005.

A LAW to provide for the establishment of a Department of National Archives; to provide for the transfer of public records to the national archives; to make better provision for the custody and preservation of public archives and public records; and for matters incidental thereto or connected therewith.

[Date of Commencement: 1st March, 1974]

1. Short title.

This Law may be cited as National Archives Law.

2. Date of operation.

This Law shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may appoint by Order published in the Gazette.

3. Department of National Archives.

A Department known as the Department of National Archives is hereby established.

4. Appointment of officers.

(1) There shall be appointed—

(a) a person by name or by office to be or to act as the Director of National Archives; and

(b) such other officers and servants as may be necessary for the purposes of this Law.

(2) Every person holding any office in the Department of National Archives on the day immediately preceding the date on which this Law comes into operation shall as from the date on which this Law comes into operation be deemed to hold the same office in the Department of National Archives established under this Law.

(3) All officers and servants appointed for the purposes of this Law shall be deemed to be public servants within the meaning and for the purposes of the Penal Code.

5. Official seal.

(1) There shall be an official seal of the National Archives of a design approved by the Minister and such seal shall be judicially noticed.

(2) The seal of the National Archives shall be kept in the custody of the Director and may be used by him or by any officer authorized by him in that behalf for the purposes of the National Archives.

6. National Archives Advisory Council.

(1) There shall be established a Council to be called the National Archives Advisory Council (hereinafter referred to as the "Advisory Council”) which shall consist of the Director as an ex-officio member and not less than five or more than seven other persons appointed by the Minister as members thereof.

(2) The Director shall be the Chairman of the Advisory Council and any officer nominated by the Minister shall function as secretary thereof.

(3) Every member of the Advisory Council other than the Director shall, unless he earlier vacates office or is removed by the Minister, hold office for a period of three years from the date of his appointment. Any member vacating office by effluxion of time shall be eligible for reappointment.

(4) The Minister may remove any member from office, other than the Chairman, without assigning any reason therefor.

(5) Meetings of the Advisory Council shall be summoned by the Director whenever he may deem it necessary, so however that a meeting of the Advisory Council shall be summoned by him, once at least in every calendar year or whenever he is required so to do by the Minister.

[S 6(5) am by s 2 of Act 30 of 1981.]

(6) Any member of the Advisory Council who, without leave of the Council first obtained, fails to attend any three consecutive meetings of the Council shall be deemed to have vacated the office of member.

7. Functions of the Advisory Council.

The functions of the Advisory Council shall be to advise the Minister on all matters relating to the location, preservation and the use of public archives, the custody and transfer of public records, inspection and preservation of documents and manuscripts of historical or cultural or literary value in private possession, inspection by members of the public of public archives, editing and publishing of public archives and private manuscripts.

8. Powers and duties of the Director.

(1) Subject to the direction and control of the Minister, the Director shall have charge of the National Archives and of the public archives deposited therein and in addition to the specific functions conferred or imposed on him by this Law, he shall take all such measures as are necessary for the conservation of public archives.

(2) Subject to the provisions of this Law and any regulations made thereunder, the Director or any other officer of the National Archives authorized by him, shall have the power to do all such things as appear to him to be necessary or expedient for the purpose of the efficient administration of this Law and may, in particular—

(a) make available and publish lists, indices, guides, inventories, calendars, texts, translations and such other things as may be necessary as aids to the public archives in his custody;

(b) subject to such terms and conditions, if any, on which any records or manuscripts are transferred to or acquired by the National Archives, produce, edit, print or make any other public use of any public archives in his custody;

(c) provide for the restoration and conservation of public archives in a suitable manner and make photographic reproductions or duplicate copies of any public archives where necessary;

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