Patterns of Drafting Errors in the Uniform Commercial Code and How Courts Should Respond to Them

50 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2005  

Gregory E. Maggs

George Washington University Law School

Abstract

This article identifies eight recurring patterns of drafting in the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). For each of these patterns, and for other idiosyncratic errors, the article recommends specific judicial responses. These responses take advantage of many of the UCC's unique characteristics. While the problem of drafting errors in the UCC may seem minor in light of the model code's high overall quality, the suggested responses can lead to a more efficient and effective application of the statute.

Keywords: UCC, U.C.C., Uniform Commercial Code, legislative drafting, drafting errors, statutory interpretation

JEL Classification: K12

Suggested Citation

Maggs, Gregory E., Patterns of Drafting Errors in the Uniform Commercial Code and How Courts Should Respond to Them. University of Illinois Law Review, Vol. 81, 2002; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 379; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 379. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=742713

Gregory E. Maggs (Contact Author)

George Washington University Law School ( email )

2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
United States

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