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- 1. Starting to Write
- 2. Basic components of legislative sentences
- 3. Types of legislative sentences
Module 2: Section 2
Inexperienced legislative counsel are often puzzled about how to write a legislative sentence, especially as the same requirements can be provided for in more than one way. This Section aims to help you get started.
In this Section, we are only concerned with writing individual sentences. We do not consider how to prepare for the drafting of the full legislative text.
The objectives of this Section are to enable you:
This Section is divided into three subsections organised in terms of a series of questions:
This is a short Section. However, you will find it helpful first to revisit the discussion about Coode’s principles of legislative syntax in Section 1, Section 3 (Why do we draft as we do in parliamentary systems?).
Subsection 1 asks you to think about the way you usually write formal documents and how you might adapt your present writing approach to legislation. Give careful thought to this. Your approach to legislative writing will be easier to develop if you are building on your present practices.
Subsections 2 and 3 lay the foundations for Section 3 and should be approached in that way. The sentences in Subsection 3 demonstrate different kinds of legal rules. You may find it helpful to note the differences between them, and to look back at the examples when you need to write a sentence of a kind illustrated.