Accession Number:

ADB115964

Title:

Plain English for Army Lawyers

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Aug 1986-May 1987

Corporate Author:

INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1987-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

51.0

Abstract:

This paper tells Army lawyers about the plain English movement in legal writing. It describes what plain English means and how the movement has generated support and opposition among lawyers. The paper analyzes why most lawyers continue to write in complex language rather than simple English. Bringing the analysis home the Army lawyers, the paper describes what the Army is doing to improve legal writing. More significantly, there are recommendations to push plain English legal writing from the top, to increase opportunities to learn to write in plain English, and to adopt plain English in Army forms. Keywords English language Military law Forms Paper.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Linguistics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE