For the third time, Professor Robert Martineau, now joined by his son Robert J. Martineau, Jr., as co-author, has prepared a guide for drafting a statute or rule in Plain English. It is now more important than ever for those who draft statutes and rules to be able to make them as readable and understandable as possible.
The book begins with a history of the Plain English movement. The text describes the process by which rules and statutes are drafted and passed at the federal, state and local level. There are chapters on rules governing the structure of a bill or regulation.
The authors then present specific rules of good drafting, with a variety of examples.
The Teacher's Manual for Plain English for Drafting Statutes and Rules contains a series of poor drafting examples of each type of drafting error to be given to students to improve. The Manual then contains the authors' approach to improving each example.