Peter Butt

The Assumptions Behind Plain Legal Language (2002)

Some thoughts for the PLAIN conference, Toronto 2002

In a panel discussion chaired by Joseph Kimble, Brian Hunt and Peter Butt argued the assumptions behind the use of plain legal language. Brian posed the questions: Is there really a demand for plain language legislation? Would plain language legislation function as intended? Peter presented evidence from recent research supporting the claim that plain language benefits legal documents and statutes.

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