Plain Language: Drafting and Property Law
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 06/33
European Journal of Law Reform, Vol. 7, Nos. 1-2, pp. 19-29, 2006
The move towards the use of "plain language" in law is now evident in many countries. It is manifested in a "plainer" style of legislation, and plainer, simpler forms of agreements and contracts. This article considers the application of plain language to property statutes and documents. It discusses a number of assumptions made about the use of plain language, and then tests these assumptions in the light of modern research. The research discussed includes findings about the "safety" of plain language, efficiencies found in the use of plain language, and judicial and client attitudes to the use of plain language. The article concludes that, in the light of this research, there is no good reason to avoid using plain language in property-related statutes and documents.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 12
Keywords: plain language, plain english, modern drafting, legal drafting, property, property law, real property
JEL Classification: K11
Date posted: October 18, 2006
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