Use of legislative section headings to achieve effectiveness: Comparative Study of Rwandan and Australian jurisdictions

Doctoral thesis English OPEN
Ngirinshuti, Samuel
  • Subject: LAW

A comparative investigation of effective legislative drafting in Rwanda and Australia, focusing on the use of legislative section headings. The author explains how the introduction of section headings in legislation has a vital function to perform in making legislation readable and comprehensible.
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    1 Brief History of Legislative Section Headings in Australia and in Rwanda..... 9

    2 Section Headings in Rwanda and in Australia………………………………..... 12 2.1. Descriptive and Summarizing Section Headings and Section Headings in Question Form……………………………………………………………………... 13 2.2. Use of Section Headings with Sequences in Australia………………………... 14 2.3. Section Headings in the Table of Contents…………………………………….. 15

    3 Primary Users and Official Interpreters………………………………………..... 15 3.1. Audiences of Legislation………………………………………………………….. 16 3.2. Section Headings and Plain Language………………………………………..... 19

    4 Assistance for Primary Users…………………………………………………..... 20 4.1. Empirical Evidence………………………………………………………………... 21 4.2. Section Headings in Three Dimensions………………………………………… 22 4.2.1. Section Headings in Vertical Dimension………………………………………... 22 4.2.2. Section Headings in Horizontal Dimension…………………………………….. 27 4.2.3. Use of Section Headings in the Form of Question…………………………….. 31 4.3. Restrictions and Advantages of Section Headings on Primary Users……..... 33

    5 Assistance for Official Interpreters……………………………………………..... 36 5.1. Common Law and Interpretation………………………………………………… 36 5.2. Translator as Official interpreters………………………………………………... 38 5.3. Redundancy and Interpretation………………………………………………….. 39 CONCLUSION……………………………………………………………………………….. 40 BIBLIOGRAPHY……………………………………………………………………………... 47

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    2. Asprey M.M, Plain Language for Lawyers (3rd edn, The Federation Press, 2003).

    3. Bennion F., Statutory Interpretation (London: Butterworths 1992).

    4. ------/-------, Understanding Common Law Legislation: Drafting and Interpretation (Oxford University Press 2001).

    5. Butt P and Castle R, Modern Legal Drafting: A Guide to Using Clearer Language (2nd edn, Cambridge University Press 2006).

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