LGST 553
Legislative Structure, Style and Limits (OCW)


LGST 553
Legislative Structure, Style and Limits (OCW)

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This Module deals with two related topics

  • how legislative sentences are structured and linked into a single legislative text, and
  • how to set about designing an outline for a legislative text.

The first topic is concerned with an important feature in the process of composing the contents of legislation. The second deals with a stage in the preparation process that should be taken before any composition is undertaken (this process is addressed more fully in Module 8, Section 1 - What are the processes for making laws and our role as legislative counsel?). It concerns the process for deciding what the legislative text will look like when it is completed, that is, for providing an outline or blue-print for the particular contents.

We have brought them together in this Module as they both relate to forming a complete legislative text. This theme is taken further by Modules 5 to 7, which deal with drafting particular types of provisions.


By the end of this Module, you should be able to do the following:

  • arrange and link legislative sentences into a logical structure in a legislative text;
  • design a legislative plan for drafting a short Bill.

Studying this Module

This Module has two sections:

Section 1: How should we structure a legislative text?

Section 2: How should we organise a legislative text?

They contain very different kinds of material. Section 1 is essentially concerned with techniques for composing legislative provisions and relates to Module 3 - Writing Legislative Sentences. It has many examples and exercises. Although Section 2 also explains techniques, these are of a different nature; they are concerned with the methods for organising the provisions that together make the complete legislative document.

Section 1 is considerably longer than Section 2 as it deals with a wide range of practical matters. It will require several study sessions. But you may find Section 2 intellectually more demanding, as it is necessarily more conceptual in its approach. Though relatively short, it calls for concentration. Try to cover the whole Section in a single session. But you may need to repeat your work on it before undertaking the final exercise.

Continue to the Module 1 Section 1 book.

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