Friday, June 22, 2012


The New Zealand Law Society site has a news item on eBench, technology that will significantly reduce the court's reliance on paper.
I'm guessing that all over the country, lawyers will be adding eBench to their word processor's dictionary, and customising their grammar checker to accept sentences that start with lower-case letters.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Principles of clear drafting

The Parliamentary Counsel Office's site includes a section on principles of clear drafting. Their concern is legislation but there is good advice here for everyone: make sentences simple and logical; use the simplest word that conveys the meaning; get to the main point (from the reader’s point of view) early.
Definitely worth a look. The document is easy to read - proof that they know what they are talking about.