Published in The Clarity Journal 76 – 2018 By Neil James and Susan Kleimann No one could object to the evaluation of texts to assess their quality and effectiveness. Many evaluation methods exist, from readability formulas and expert reviews to usability tests and the analysis of outcomes. Yet in recent years, a divide has developed […]
Published in The Clarity Journal 56 – Nov.2016 Speech by Lord Justice Rix Clarity seminar at Denton Wilde Sapte 10 October 2006 I am very grateful to the organisers of this event for bringing me face to face with the subject matter of this talk. At first I received the invitation with some pleasure: it […]
Joint event with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.Our speaker is Dr Jeffrey Barnes, Senior Lecturer in law at La Trobe University in Australia.Plain language, and whether it works in legislation, is a special interest of Dr Barnes and was the subject of his PhD thesis. London Clarity event. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this event.
In this issue : Clarity 2012 opening address The story of “shall”: a parable of plain language Reflections of a plain-language legislative drafter Plain language in the financial world The IC clear project Plain language and the role of the visual Plain language laws in Australia Plain language laws in the Netherlands The US Plain […]
Author : Michele M. Asprey “The idea that lawyers can – and should – write in plain language is not new. There have always been plain language lawyers. There just aren’t enough of them. The plain language movement in Australia has been with us for decades. Plain language has been taught in law schools in Australia […]
Published in The Clarity Journal 62 – 2009 Dr Robert Eagleson Down the centuries, lawyers have regularly been the butt of criticism and cruel jokes be- cause of the convoluted way they write. From certain perspectives these unfavourable judgements are appropriate and fair; yet, in over 30 years experience working closely with lawyers, I have […]
In this issue : Master class in English, for Clarity’s conference in Boulogne: writing the law in plain language— three versions Instructionsfor Queues Bill Queues Bill 2005 Commentary and Queues Bill 2005 Queues Bill 2005 Drafting master classes: plain languagestyles are not consistent Introduction to theinternationalroundtable at the Fifth Plain Language Association INternational(PLAIN)Conference Plain language […]
Published in The Clarity Journal 54 – 2005 Introduction As part of the conference on “Clarity and Obscurity in Legal Language” in Boulogne, we organized two panels of expert drafters — two master classes. We thought it would be interesting and instructive to see how different experts approached the same drafting assignment. In this issue, […]