LGST 551
Introduction to Legislative Drafting (OCW)

 

LGST 551
Introduction to Legislative Drafting (OCW)

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Module 2: Section 3

How do we select the grammatical subject of the sentence

The main body of provisions in a legislative text is concerned to influence human activity and affairs. It has to be directed to those who have the legal capability to adjust their activities or affairs as the provisions intend. Consequently:

  • the provisions should be directed towards those whom the law recognises as having legal personality or standing- a legal person.
  • we select these subjects from human beings, corporate bodies, statutory entities, and associations of persons recognised by law; other things, such as animals and other property should not be chosen as they are not responsive to law.
  • for each sentence we select as the subject the legal person, or class of legal persons, whose conduct or legal position is to be affected by its contents.

Typically the subject of a sentence is a noun or pronoun that describes or refers to a precise legal person or class of legal persons.

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