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Legislative Drafting Guidelines

OLC seeks to draft legislation in a way that is consistent with Welsh Government’s wider responsibility to respect and uphold the rule of law. The way in which laws are drafted makes a key contribution to a properly functioning legal system. Laws must be drafted clearly to promote public understanding and to avoid unfair enforcement. Laws must avoid contradictions, and laws must not command the impossible.

This document sets out the main principles and techniques that the Welsh Government applies to its legislative drafting.

Common legislative solutions

As part of its efforts to make legislation clearer and more consistent, and to make the process of developing new law more efficient. OLC has produced guidance on tackling issues that arise regularly when working on Bills. Created in conjunction with the other three UK drafting offices, “Common legislative solutions” is a tool designed to help policy officials and lawyers understand underlying legal and practical questions that need to be addressed as well as providing examples of good practice. 

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