Research and analysis

Legislation: what works best for the reader

This article describes a study carried out in 2012 into how legislation is drafted and presented.


What works best for the reader? A study on drafting and presenting legislation

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The Office of the Parliamentary Counsel and The National Archives carried out this study to:

  • understand more about what it was like to be a reader of legislation
  • assess whether some drafting techniques were more helpful for readers than others

This article by Alison Bertlin was first published in the May 2014 issue of The Loophole, a publication by the Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel.

Published 4 July 2014