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1 PLAIN LANGUAGE: A view from the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel, London Hayley Rogers Office of the Parliamentary Counsel UNCLASSIFIED

2 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 3 Users Intermediaries (eg lawyers) Sources of Law (eg legislation in books) Who are our readers? Old world...

4 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?

5 5 Why is legislation so difficult? UNCLASSIFIED

6 6 necessaryclear accessible coherent effective Vision for good law

7 7 Who are they? What are their needs? What knowledge and assumptions do they bring?

8 Tools of the trade Structure Tell the story Help people find their way round Sense-bites Something different? Language Jargon-busting Layout Readable, intuitive, clear 8

9 Treasure Act

10 Theft Act

11 Consumer Rights Bill 11

12 Growth and Infrastructure Act

13 S.3 Income Tax Act

14 S.2 Pensions Act

15 Sch. 20 Pensions Act

16 S.2 Calendar New Style Act

17 S.1 – 2 Theft Act

18 S.1 Treasure Act

19 Sch. 1 Pensions Act

20 S.181 Finance Act

21 S.2 Calendar New Style Act

22 S.1 – 2 Theft Act

23 S.1 Pensions Act

24 Sch. 7 Weights and Measures Act

25 25 S.2 Pensions Act 2014

26 26 Calendar Bill 2014

27 What are the obstacles? 27 Complex policy Time Existing legislative landscape

28 What might help? 28 “Keeling schedules” Virtual codification Consolidation Layout User focus

29 Keeling Schedule 29

30 Defralex Search Results 30

31 31 A modern lay out for legislation?

32 32

33 33 Draft Care and Support Bill

34 34 Draft Care and Support Bill (easy read)

35 To find out more... Visit: Good law blog: On Twitter: #goodlaw#goodlaw 35 UNCLASSIFIED


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