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


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

LGST 555

Drafting Preliminary, Amending, and Final Provisions

Select Bibliography for Further Consultation

Legislative drafting

  • Bergeron, Robert C (ed), Essays on Legislative Drafting (1999, Department of Justice, Canada, Ottawa - for the Canada-Ukraine Legislative Drafting program)
  • Crabbe, VRAC, Legislative Drafting (1993, Cavendish Publishing, London)
  • Crabbe, VCRAC, Legislative Precedents (1998, Cavendish Publishing, London)
  • Dale, W, Legislative Drafting: a New Approach, (1977, Butterworths, London)
  • Dick, Robert C, Legal Drafting in Plain Language (3rd ed, 1995, Carswell, Toronto)
  • Dickerson R, The Fundamentals of Legal Drafting (2nd ed, 1986, Little, Brown & Co, Boston)
  • Drafting for the 21st Century, ed. Moore, B (Law Reform Commission of Victoria and Bond University of Law, Melbourne: 1991)
  • Driedger, Elmer A, The Composition of legislation; Legislative Forms and Precedents (1976, Dept of Justice, Ottawa)
  • English Legislative Language Working Group, Legistics, (2002, Legislative Services Branch, Department of Justice (Canada)
  • Essays on Legislative Drafting, ed. D. St. L. Kelly (University of Adelaide: 1978)
  • New Zealand Law Commission, Legislation Manual, Structure and Style (Report No.35, 1996, Wellington)
  • Office of Parliamentary Counsel, Canberra, Plain English Manual (1994, Commonwealth of Australia)
  • Pigeon, L-P, Rédaction et interpretation des lois (Éditeur official du Québec: 1978)
  • Salembier, Paul, Legal and Legislative Drafting 2nd Edition (Lexis Nexis Canada, Markham: 2018)
  • Seidman, A, Seidman, RB & Abeysekere, N, Legislative Drafting for Democratic Social Change - a Manual for Drafters (2001, Kluwer Law International, The Hague)
  • Sparer, M et Schwab, W, Redaction des lois : rendez-vous du droit et de la culture (Éditeur official du Québec: 1980)
  • Thornton, Garth C, Legislative Drafting (4th ed, 1996, Butterworths, London)
  • Victoria Law Reform Commission, Plain English and the Law, including a Drafting Manual (1986, Law Reform Commission, Victoria)

Legislation process

Legislative Drafting Manuals and Style Guides

Statutory Interpretation

  • Bastarache, M., The Law of Bilingual Interpretation (2008, Lexis Nexis, Canada)
  • Beaupré, M, Interpreting Bilingual Legislation (2nd ed. 1986, Carswell, Canada)
  • Burrows, JF, Statute Law in New Zealand (1992, Butterworths, New Zealand)
  • Côté, PA, et al., The Interpretation of Legislation in Canada (4th ed, 2011, Yvon Blais, Cowansville, Canada)
  • Cross, R (ed, Bell, J & Engle, G), Statutory Interpretation (3rd ed, 1995, Butterworths, London)
  • Dickerson, R, The Interpretation and Application of Statutes (1975, Little, Brown & Co, Boston)
  • Pearce, DC & Geddes, RS, Statutory Interpretation in Australia (4th ed, 1996, Butterworths, Australia)
  • Sullivan, R, Sullivan on the Construction of Statutes (6th ed, 2014, LexisNexis Canada)
  • Sullivan, R, Statutory Interpretation (1997, Irwin Law, Canada)
  • Bennion, FAR, Statutory Interpretation (3rd ed, 1997, Butterworths, London)

General Commentaries

  • Bennion, FAR, Statute Law (3rd ed, 1990, Longman, London)
  • Bennion, FAR, Understanding Common Law Legislation - Drafting and Interpretation (2001, OUP, Oxford)
  • Miers, DR & Page, AC, Legislation, (2nd ed, 1990, Sweet & Maxwell, London)
  • Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, Clearer Commonwealth Law, (Report of House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, 1993)
  • Renton Committee, The Preparation of Legislation, (Cmnd.6053, 1975, HMSO, London)
  • Statute Law Review (Oxford University Press, 3 issues annually)

Grammar and Usage

  • Cholij, M, English Basics (1999, CUP, Cambridge)
  • Crystal, D, Rediscover Grammar (1988, Longmans, London)
  • Fowler, HW & Winchester, S, Fowlers’s Modern English Usage (2002, OUP, Oxford)
  • Randolph Quirk & Sidney Greenbaum, A University Grammar of English (Longman Group, Harlow: 1973)
  • Winch, G & Blaxell, G, The Primary Grammar Handbook (1994, Horwitz Publications, Australia)

Useful Web-sites


  • Project Dial (Asian Development Bank) - links to legislation-related sources in 130 countries: www.austlii.edu.au/links/2027.html
  • Commonwealth Legal Information Institute (CommonLII) aims to provide one central Internet location from which it is possible to search - for free - core legal information from all Commonwealth countries: http://www.commonlii.org/


  • LawSearch Online - access to Commonwealth (of Australia) legislation: http://www.comlaw.gov.au/
  • Australasian Legal Information Institute - links to legislation data bases in Australasia and other countries, including Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom: www.austlii.edu.au
  • Commonwealth (of Australia) legislation: www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act
  • Office of (Commonwealth) Parliamentary Counsel - links to: Commonwealth, State and Territory legislation, drafting offices in Australia and elsewhere and plain language sites: www.opc.gov.au



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