Presentation on theme: "PLAIN LANGUAGE: A view from the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel, London Hayley Rogers Office of the Parliamentary Counsel UNCLASSIFIED."— Presentation transcript:
PLAIN LANGUAGE: A view from the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel, London Hayley Rogers Office of the Parliamentary Counsel UNCLASSIFIED
2 P LAIN L ANGUAGE : A view from OPC Why is it so difficult? Who reads legislation? What are the obstacles? Do we need plain language – or Good Law? What can drafters do? What would make things easier?
3 Users Intermediaries (eg lawyers) Sources of Law (eg legislation in books) Who are our readers? Old world...
4 Sources of Law Digital (eg legal) Services Users New world Intermediaries (eg lawyers) Helping each other using social media and through online communities Mainly not lawyers, but now directly accessing sources of law (eg 2m-3m visitors per month to legislation.gov.uk) Rapid growth in digital legal services, (including GOV.UK?), as well as private sector On the web... but still produced as if nothing else has changed?
To find out more... Visit: www.gov.uk/good-lawwww.gov.uk/good-law Email: GoodLaw@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.ukGoodLaw@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk Good law blog: www.good-law.tumblr.comwww.good-law.tumblr.com On Twitter: #goodlaw#goodlaw 35 UNCLASSIFIED