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Decree Law No. 68/2017

Publication: Republic Diary No. 115/2017, Series I of 2017-06-16
  • Issuer: Justice
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 68/2017
  • Pages: 3034 - 3036

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law introduces three SIMPLEX+ initiatives that aim to simplify the interactions of citizens and businesses with Justice.

What will change? The courts can now issue digital certificates

So far, if a person or company needed a certificate from a court, the request had to be made in person and the certificate had to be signed by an official of the court.

Now, digital certificates can be requested online or in person, and can be issued automatically by the court's computer system. They have the same value as paper certificates — with just a certificate code the recipient entity can view it online at a Ministry of Justice's website.

Criminal records can be requested using a digital mobile key

It was already possible to request criminal records online using the citizen's card. From now on, those requesting the records can also identify themselves with their digital mobile key.

The digital mobile key is an alternative way of proving identity to access online services. The user inputs their mobile phone number or email and their digital mobile key PIN to receive — by SMS or email — a security token to identify themselves.

SICAE now includes all secondary CAEs of corporate entities

The Information System of the Portuguese Classification of Economic Activities (SICAE) is a continuously updated register of economic activity codes (CAEs) of companies, associations, foundations and other corporate entities.

So far, SICAE has included a primary CAE and up to three secondary CAEs for each corporate entity. From now on, there is no longer a limit to the number of secondary CAEs.

What are its benefits?

This decree-law is intended to:

  • facilitate citizens' access to judicial information and free up court employees for other tasks in order to speed up the Justice system
  • make it easier to request criminal records online
  • increase the usefulness of SICAE for those who use it.
When does it come into effect?

This decree-law comes into effect the day after being published.The changes relating to SICAE come into effect on 1 July 2017.

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