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Enacting legislation? How about communicating it too? (2002)

Traditionally, a statute is a message of the sovereign to the people (at least in Canada!). The accent is not on communicating the information it contains. Philippe described a prototype project of Justice Canada to develop a more accessible act. If this prototype is approved by Parliament, all federal legislation in Canada would be drafted using some or all of the features developed for the Employment Insurance Act.

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2003-03-24

Plain Language in Legislative Drafting: An Achievable Objective or a Laudable Ideal? (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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2003-03-14

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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2003-03-14

Plain Language in Sweden: a Progress Report (2002)

Bengt and Maria talked about the successful European Law Conference held during Sweden's presidency of the Union and their attempts to move the European Union away from a traditional, bureaucratic way of writing legislation. They also described a new tool developed by a linguist to evaluate the comprehensibility of communications from the Swedish public authorities. They presented the results of that evaluation and of other projects.

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2003-02-25

Youth Criminal Justice Act: An Act in Respect to Young Persons and to Amend and Repeal Other Acts (2000)

The purpose of this submission to the Justice and Human Rights Committee is to discuss those aspects of the Youth Criminal Justice Act that the John Howard Society of Canada approves of, those it is concerned about, and to suggest areas where improvements could be made. It is neither practical nor necessary to comment on all provisions of the Act.

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2000-01-01

Course Manual - Online Workshop on Board and Staff Relationships and Responsibilities (1999)

The staff of community literacy agencies in Ontario had expressed the need for more training in volunteer management. However, time, cost, and the availability of local training opportunities were major barriers to their accessing such training. CLO and the Ministry developed an innovative partnership designed to address this training need. An online workshop on board / staff relations was created.

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1999-08-30

Review of the Detention Provisions of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (1999)

The following brief was submitted by the John Howard Society of Canada to Government of Canada's Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, as part of the review of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA). This document discusses and makes recommendations about the detention provisions of the CCRA.

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1999-01-01

Review of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (1999)

The following brief focuses on the three elements of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act that the authors believe are of particular importance in achieving the purpose of federal corrections:
(a) fair and legal treatment of prisoners,
(b) professional treatment and programs, and
(c) properly operated gradual release processes.

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1999-01-01

Literacy and the Courts (1996)

Protecting the Right to Understand

The majority of people who are charged, act as witnesses, or sit on juries in the criminal justice system may not be able to use written legal documents or materials effectively. Others may have limited information about legal procedures and terminology, making understanding the context and meaning of legal materials difficult.

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1996-01-01

Young Offender's Act Phase II Review (1995)

This document was produced in response to the invitation to participate in the Phase II Review of the Young Offenders Act (YOA) undertaken by the Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs at the request of the Minister of Justice.

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1995-01-01

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