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The government has launched the ‘good law’ initiative to make legislation more accessible and understandable for UK citizens.
The initiative was launched at the Institute for Government on Tuesday 16 April at 17.00. You can replay live coverage of the event on the good law blog and keep up-to-date with all the latest good law news at #goodlaw on Twitter.
- introduced the good law approach and an Office of the Parliamentary Counsel (OPC) report on causes of complexity in legislation
- started a dialogue around good law and how to improve UK legislation
Bringing together law makers, legal experts and users
People find legislation difficult. The volume of statutes and regulations, their piecemeal structure, and their level of detail and frequent amendments, make legislation hard to understand and difficult to comply with.
The government would like the user to experience good law: law that is necessary, clear, coherent, effective and accessible.
The initiative is asking a range of partners – in government, in Parliament and beyond – to get involved. For some this may mean challenging their current approach to preparing, making, scrutinising, or publishing legislation. It may mean working more closely together with partners, or knowing better how the user finds legislation, or what they do with it.
The government hopes that the initiative will build a shared pride in the quality of our law, and will create confidence among citizens that legislation is for them.
Using the benefits of new technology
This is an exciting time for thinking about how legislation can be made easier for users. The digital age enables us to explore the potential of tools for publishing and arranging law, and techniques for diagnosing and predicting how law is used.