Published in The Clarity Journal 81 – 2020. Introduction This article discusses how plain language in Australian family law combined with a clear process makes justice more accessible. Both substantive and procedural law are discussed. Justice requires minimal delays, minimal costs and accessibility. Law is accessible when substantive and procedural laws are understood by lay […]
Held at the Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale in Boulogne, France. Clarity2005 explored the theme ‘Clarity and Obscurity in Legal Language’, with a feature presentation by Clarity founder John Walton and a series of masterclasses with legal drafting experts. Read conference papers in Clarity, no. 54 and Clarity, no. 55.
James Kessler QC and Mary Ashley of Old Square Tax Chambers will ask whether one can draft a will in plain intelligible English that meets the testator’s wishes and maximises tax relief under the new residential nil-rate band. James is the author of Drafting Trusts & Will Trusts (13th edition, 2016). Mary more often deals with wills which will […]
The government office responsible for drafting legislation. It has published a plain English manual and a guide on drafting clear and simple legislation.
What is plain language A communication is in plain language if its wording, structure, and design are so clear that the intended readers can easily find what they need, understand what they find, and use that information. The International Plain Language Federation Plain Legal language is the same, but focuses on legal communications. To draft […]
In this issue : The contribution of design thinking to improve communications (accessible to non-members) Rights under British Columbia’s Mental Health Act: Co-designing mental health rights information with patients Does plain language only benefit the higher literate? Avoiding the Matthew-effect in plain language revisions (accessible to non-members) Accelerating the shift to plain language within financial […]
Published in The Clarity Journal 79 – 2018 The Plain Language Working Group is born – and gets to work The journey towards this options paper began at the 2007 PLAIN conference in Amsterdam. Three plain language organizations were considering issues, such as whether we should establish international standards for plain language, and what exactly […]