Thornton's Legislative Drafting

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If you're involved in drafting or amending legislation in the Commonwealth or beyond, you need a guide that will help you with both the traditional and modern techniques of drafting good quality statutory law.

Thornton's Legislative Drafting is recognised as the leading professional title in this area, used and referred to by legal officers and drafters internationally.

Completely refreshed and updated, the new fifth edition includes full coverage of contemporary drafting developments and advances.

How will Thornton's Legislative Drafting help you in your work?
Guides you through the five stages of the drafting process;
Guides you through the legislative sentence, the structure of the Act, and the drafting of preliminary, substantive, final, and special provisions;
Provides valuable updates on the drafting of preliminary and final provisions;
Demonstrates contemporary drafting conventions through fresh examples of recent legislatio;n;
Shows developments in their historical context through the use of selected older examples.

The detailed, learned and professional guidance you have been used to in previous editions remains the same, along with examples of best – and bad – practice. The work updates these 'best practice' examples with modern expressions and excerpts from current legislation, from both larger and smaller Commonwealth jurisdictions and the USA – so you can make sure the wording you use is current and contemporary.

Previous edition ISBN: 9781845923532

Table of Contents

1 Words
2 Syntax
3 Style
4 Specific matters of style
5 Miscellaneous words and expressions
6 Interpretation Acts
7 The drafting process: Part 1
8 The drafting process: Part 2
9 Formalities and arrangement
10 Preliminary provisions
11 Powers and duties
12 Substantive and administrative provisions: Part 1
13 Substantive and administrative provisions: Part 2
14 Substantive and administrative provisions: Part 3
15 Supplementary provisions
16 Penal provisions
17 Final provisions
18 Amending legislation
19 Subordinate legislation

Product details

Published 30 Jun 2013
Format Hardback
Edition 5th
Extent 592
ISBN 9781780432090
Imprint Bloomsbury Professional
Dimensions 248 x 156 mm
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Helen Xanthaki

Helen Xanthaki is Professor of Law at University C…

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