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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.

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