Cleaning out some files a few weeks ago, we uncovered a Ministerial statement on plain language by the then Attorney-General the Hon. J.H. Kennan, MLC. This statement was a key step forward for plain language in Victoria.
There’s no doubt that a lot has changed since it was published in the 1985 but we’ve still got a long way to go.
On the eve of International Plain Language Day, Victoria Law Foundation is urging the legal profession and government to remain committed to the use of plain language to help Victorians understand the law and the legal system.
In a media release today, our Executive Director Joh Kirby recognised the role Australia – and in particular Victoria – has played in plain language legal drafting. But she acknowledged that more needed to be done to stamp out complex, convoluted and inaccessible language at every stage of the legal process. Read the full release.
Happy International Plain Language Day!