COMPREHENSIBILITY OF LEGAL RULES AS A MEANS OF SMART REGULATION
Keywords:legal technique, language of law, legal term, rules of legal technique, accessibility of law
AbstractAbstract. Improving the efficiency of legal regulation is among the crucial priorities in modern law-making policy. This issue is considered, in particular, within the framework of the smart regulation concept, aimed at developing tools for achieving the greatest regulatory effect at the least material, organizational, time, etc. expenditures. An important requirement of smart regulation is the use of comprehensible legal language, since without communicating the content of legal rules to the addressee, the improvement of other means of legal influence is just meaningless. The present paper, using the data of published studies based on the method of computational linguistics, proves that the simplification of the legislative language involves not only the replacement of complicated terms with more understandable ones. The wordiness of the text, its excessive volume, and numerous repetitions also make it difficult to understand the meaning of legal rules both for an unprepared reader and for a professional. Contextual abbreviations, the potential of which to improve the readability of the legal text is not sufficiently used by the legislator, are considered here as a means of solving the above-mentioned problem.
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