LGST 557
Implementation Provisions and Drafting Processes (OCW)


LGST 557
Implementation Provisions and Drafting Processes (OCW)

LGST 557

Implementation Provisions and Drafting Processes

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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