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1990 Commonwealth Law Ministers and Senior Officials

Auckland, New Zealand, 19 April 1990 and Christchurch, New Zealand, 23–27 April 1990: Memoranda Part 1

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LMM(90)26 Plain Language and Legal Drafting: A New Zealand Comment

David Mellinkoff, an outstanding writer on our topic says that legal writing has a strong tendency to be (1) wordy, (2) unclear, (3) pompous, and (4) dull, The Language of the Law (1963) 24. Another trenchant critic and law professor, Fred Rodell, puts it even higher. "There are two things wrong with almost all legal writing. One is its style. The other is its content" (1962) 48 Virginia L Rev 279.

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