LGST 555
Drafting Preliminary, Amending, and Final Provisions (OCW)


LGST 555
Drafting Preliminary, Amending, and Final Provisions (OCW)

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Module 1: Section 2

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How do we draft titles, preambles and words of enactment?

In most jurisdictions Bills have a long title that describes their effect, a short title by which they are cited and an enacting formula that indicates their origins and authenticity. Subsidiary legislation also has a short title and enacting formula. This Section looks at these features as well as preambles, though these are not used as regularly as the others.

Section Objectives

The objectives of this Section are:

  • to find out local practice on these technical features;
  • to examine and put into practice the techniques for drafting them well.

Essential Questions

This Section is divided into four subsections. Each one is organised in terms of the following questions:

  1. Long Titles of Bills
    • What purposes do long titles serve?
    • How should a long title be drafted?
  2. Preambles
    • What purposes does a preamble serve?
    • When might a preamble be used?
    • How should a preamble be drafted?
  3. Words of Enactment
    • What purposes do words of enactment serve?
    • How are words of enactment dealt with?
  4. Short Titles
    • What purposes does a short title serve?
    • How should a short title be selected?
    • How should a short title be drafted?

Studying this Section

Your aim in this Section is to become familiar with these technical features and how they are dealt with in your jurisdiction. These are not difficult issues, so it should be possible to complete this Section fairly quickly.


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