LGST 551
Introduction to Legislative Drafting (OCW)

 

LGST 551
Introduction to Legislative Drafting (OCW)

Course Information

Legal Studies 551: Introduction to Legislative Drafting

Table of Topics

Introduction to Legislative Drafting

Module 1 – The Basics: Preview

Module 1: Section 1 – What is Legislative Drafting All About?

  1. Drafting and legislative counsel.
  2. Legislative expression.

Review.

Module 1: Section 2 – What is Legislation?

  1. Types of legislation
  2. Classification of primary legislation (bill and acts).
  3. Structure and format of bills and acts.
  4. Conventional arrangement of bills and acts.

Review.

Module 1: Section 3 – Why do we Draft as we do in Parliamentary Systems?

  1. Historical development of legislative drafting.
  2. Theoretical foundations of this form of drafting.
  3. What are the principal characteristics of this form of drafting?
  4. Drafting objectives.

Review.

Module 2: Writing Legislative Sentences.

Module 2: Section 1 – What do we need to know about grammar?

  1. Why is grammar important for the drafting?
  2. What grammatical terms do we need to know?
  3. What common grammatical mistakes should we watch for?

Review.

Module 2: Section 2 – What are the basics of writing legislative sentences?

  1. Starting to write.
  2. Basic components of legislative sentences.
  3. Types of legislative sentences.

Review.

Module 2: Section 3 - How do we put together the components of legislative sentences?

  1. Principal subject.
  2. Principal Predicate.
  3. Predicate modifiers.

Review.

Module 2: Section 4 – How do we punctuate and capitalise legislation?

  1. Punctuation.
  2. Capitalisation.

Review.

Module 2: Section 5 - What can go wrong in legislative expression?

  1. Subjects.
  2. Verbs.
  3. Modifiers.

Review.

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