Plain Language and Legislation

DescriptionPlain Language and Legislation Booklet
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Official Print Publication DateMarch 2006
Website Publication DateMarch 08, 2006

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The Office of the Scottish Parliamentary Counsel have prepared this booklet about the use of plain language in legislation. The Counsel in that office are responsible for drafting Bills for the Scottish Executive. They are committed to drafting legislation in plain language.

The booklet is divided as follows:

Chapter 1 - what is plain language? - explains what plain language is and gives some historical context to its association with the law.

Chapter 2 - drafting legislation in plain language - makes some objective observations about the interaction between the desire to use plain language and the constraints placed on the legislative drafter.

Chapter 3 - international comparisons - describes steps which legislative drafters in other countries have taken to enhance the clarity and accessibility of legislation.

Chapter 4 - plain language techniques - gives some examples of techniques currently associated with plain language drafting.

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OFFICE OF THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENTARY COUNSEL
FEBRUARY 2006