Agenda

Professional Certificate in Legislative Processes

 

Day One: Monday

09:00

Registration and Refreshments

09:45

Chair and Delegate’s Introductions 
Chair’s look ahead to the week 
Delegates’ introductions, objectives and organisational challenges

10:15

Introduction to Law-Making?
Origins of law
Types of legislation
The Constitution
The Rule of Law

11:30

Morning Coffee

11:45

Principles of legislative drafting
The role of the draftsman
The key skills of the draftsman
Key drafting questions
Terminology

13:00

Lunch

13:45

Turning policy into legislation
Sources of policy
How a bill becomes law
Stakeholders involved in the legislative process

15:00

Afternoon Tea

15:15

Drafting Instructions
The content and form of Drafting Instructions
Ethical questions and the legislative process
Stakeholders involved in the legislative process

16:15

End of Day Wrap Up and Questions

16:30

Close


Day Two: Tuesday

09:30

Refreshments

09:45

Chair’s Introduction and Delegates’ Recap

10:00

Drafting with clarity
Starting points
Getting the message across
Clarity v accuracy 

11:15

Morning Coffee

11:30

Legislative Tools 
Types of legislative tools
Technology and legislation
Linguistic Devices

12:45

Lunch

13:30

Sentence Structure
The value of short sentences
Subject - verb - object
Positive v negative / Active v passive
Verbs and nouns

14:45

Afternoon Tea

15:00

Language in Legislations
Are short sentences the answer?
Gender neutrality
Positive v negative / Active v passive

16:15

End of Day Wrap Up and Questions

16:30

Close


Day Three: Wednesday

09:30

Refreshments

09:45

Chair’s Introduction and Recap

10:00

Language and style
Gender neutral 
Numbers and dates
Consistency

11:15

Morning Coffee

11:30

Facilitated Discussion: Challenges and Constraints to Drafting Legislations

12:45

Lunch

13:45

Visit to the House of Parliament

16:15

End of Day Wrap Up and Questions

16:30

Close


Day Four: Thursday

09:30

Refreshments

09:45

Chair’s Introduction and Recap

10:00

Structuring Legislation
Building the basic structure of legislation
Types of structure

11:15

Morning Coffee

11:30

Drafting Exercise

12:45

Lunch

13:30

Drafting Exercise cont.

15:00

Afternoon Tea

15:15

Facilitated Feedback

16:15

End of Day Wrap Up and Questions

16:30

Close


Day Five: Friday

09:30

Refreshments

09:45

Chair’s Introduction and Recap

10:00

Amending outdated legislation
Types of amendments
Turning Bills into legislative amendments
Constitutional amendment

11:30

Morning Coffee

11:45

Overview of Chartered Management Institute Assignments and Qualification 
Structuring a written piece of work for assessment – Generic overview and principles 
Structuring these two specific pieces of work to demonstrate all the assessment criteria

12:30

Final Discussion and Recap
Course recap and discussion 
Evaluation forms 
Certificate presentation and group photograph

13:00

Lunch and Close