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- 1. Historical development of legislative drafting
- 2. Theoretical Foundations of this Form of Drafting
- 3. Principal Characteristics of this Form of Drafting
- 4. Drafting Objectives
Module 1: Section 3
These Materials encourage you to adopt drafting practices that contribute to these objectives. There are 7 basic practices that constitute their foundations.
Analyse and plan
When you start composing legislative sentences, make sure you already have a sound idea of what you are setting out to communicate. This calls for:
Provide a rational structure
Organise the contents of your draft text to reveal the basic structure and logical development of the legislative scheme and to make it as easy as possible for users to find what they may be looking for. This will be made more likely if:
Follow drafting standards
Follow the standard drafting practices in your jurisdiction and, in your treatment of the subject-matter, draft consistently with related legislation. User expectations are formed by past use of legislation. You should be cautious about experimenting or innovating. An opportunity for that may arise when you are in a position to influence the direction of your drafting service!
Use an effective writing style
You should aim to make your text as easy to read as possible. This means:
Choose good presentation
Set out your drafts so that the text is easy to work with by ensuring that:
Provide aids to finding and using
You can help users by providing devices that make it easier for them to find their way around the legislative text. These can include:
Check and scrutinise
As you complete each version of your draft text, look back at it through the eyes of someone coming to it for the first time. Once it is in an advanced stage of drafting it is unlikely that you will have time to make radical alterations to its form and organisation, but there are always opportunities to make useful improvements.
This task is easier if you put your draft to one side overnight and come back to it the next day for a fresh look. These are some changes you should consider:
We will work with all these techniques in the Modules that follow.