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Plain language

The PCO applies a plain language standard.

We also use a checklist that expands on each of the elements of the standard.

Our goals are to:

  • make New Zealand’s legislation more accessible to all (especially online)
  • improve the legal effectiveness of that legislation
  • make plain language the standard for how the whole office communicates.

Closely related to clear drafting, Chapter 3 of our in-house Drafting Manual sets out the principles of clear drafting. This chapter is being reviewed to better align with the standard and checklist.


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