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Official legislative drafting guide revised and republished

6 December 2018

A guide to making Scotland’s laws clear, accessible and easy to understand has been republished.

First published in 2016, Drafting Matters! is the Scottish Government’s Parliamentary Counsel Office advice to those drafting legislation on style, technique and best practice.

In addition to a general review of content in line with drafting best practice and feedback received on the first edition, it now includes new material on a range of topics including Crown application, the use of alternative charges in criminal proceedings and the creation of statutory offices.

Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC, said the guide "continues to be an excellent resource for those who wish to understand how legislation is prepared and it shows the determination of our drafters to achieve the highest standards of quality".

Chief parliamentary counsel, Andy Beattie added: "The guidance shows our commitment, as Scotland’s centre of legislative excellence, to draft clear, effective and accessible legislation which is as easy to understand as possible. It sheds light on the law-making process and helps us to work with legislative users to continually improve the quality of Scotland’s legislation."

Click here to view the guide. 

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