LGST 553
Legislative Structure, Style and Limits (OCW)

 

LGST 553
Legislative Structure, Style and Limits (OCW)

Course Information

Legal Studies 553: Legislative Structure, Style and Limits

Table of Topics

Legislative Structure, Style and Limits.

Module 1: Section 1 – How should we structure a legislative text?

  1. General considerations.
  2. Drafting sections.
  3. Drafting Sentences in Sections.
  4. Paragraphing.
  5. Numbering.
  6. Arranging and linking sentences in a section.
  7. Linking sections.
  8. Incorporation by reference.
  9. Grouping sections.

Review.

Module 1: Section 2 - How should we organise a legislative text?

  1. General considerations.
  2. Preparing an outline.
  3. Factors influencing an outline for a bill.

Review.

Module 2: Section 1 - How can we develop good legislative style?

  1. General considerations.
  2. Developing good legislative style.
  3. Gender-neutral drafting.
  4. Some additional matters of style.

Review.

Appendix I – Simple words and expressions.

Appendix II – Commonly confused words.

Module 3: Working within limits.

Module 3: Section 1 - How do we work with interpretive approaches and rules?

  1. General considerations.
  2. Judicial approaches to interpretation.
  3. Interpretive assumptions and presumptions.
  4. Aids to interpretation.
  5. Conclusion.

Review.

Module 3: Section 2 - How do we work with Interpretation Acts?

  1. Importance of Interpretation Acts.
  2. Application of Interpretation Acts.
  3. Using Interpretation Acts to facilitate drafting.

Review.

Appendix – Comparative table of Interpretation Acts.

Module 3: Section 3 – How do we work with the Constitution?

  1. The Constitution and legislative counsel.
  2. Particular constitutional constraints.

Review.

Module 3: Section 4 – How do we work with fundamental rights and freedoms?

  1. Drafting under a bill of rights.
  2. International standards.

Review.

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