Legislative Drafting – civil and common law approaches compared .
Edward Donelan, M.A., Barrister–at–Law (Kings Inns, Dublin, Middle Temple, London, Senior Advisor Regulatory Reform, Regulatory Governance (SIGMA OECD/EU) former Director of Statute Law Revision and parliamentary counsel to the government of Ireland
common objectives visible
Effective legislation is legislation that:
An orderly statute book should make law easy to find once found easy to follow so laws should be:
Law Drafting And Regulatory Management In Central And Eastern Europe, Sigma Papers: No. 18
Checklist On Law Drafting And Regulatory Management
In Central And Eastern Europe Sigma Papers: No.15 see www.sigmaweb.org
Legislative Drafting by Thornton G,
Legislative Drafting by Frederick Reed Dickerson
Dickerson, Reed, Legislative Drafting (Greenwood Press, 1954).
Dorsey, Tobias A., Legislative Drafter's Desk book (The Capital.Net, 2006)
Driedger, Elmer, The Composition of Legislation, Legislative Forms and Procedures (Department of Justice of Canada, 1976).
Martineau, Robert, Drafting Legislation and Rules in Plain English (West Publishing Company, 1991).
For a critique of the Plain Language School see Stark, Jack, "Should the Main Goal of Statutory Drafting Be Accuracy or Clarity?" Statute Law Review, 15 (1994), 1-7.
Stark, Jack, The Art of the Statute (Fred B. Rothman and Company, 1996, now distributed by Wm. S. Hein and Company).
Leading Journal: Statute Law Review, Oxford University Press