In late 2013 and early 2014 the Centre was involved with a series of consultation workshops organised by the Good Law initiative. My contribution was to look at how minor typographic improvements could improve the experience of reading Acts and Bills. My logic was that while the main problem lies with language, structure and the interconnectedness of legislation, improvements to those aspects would largely affect future legislation. Existing legislation can’t easily be changed, but we could make it a little easier to read.
I have now written up this work as a Technical Paper. You can download it from here:
Technical paper 15. Layout for legislation
One of the examples is cited in a new essay by Hayley Rogers, of the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel. It’s in an interesting collection published by Policy Connect. It’s worth downloading: