Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual

Legislative Council’s Division of Research is pleased to announce the 2017 edition of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual. The Manual is intended to serve as a resource for those who regularly prepare or review legislation and is aimed at assisting both the occasional and veteran drafter in the creation of an accurate, clear, and uniform legislative product. This edition includes several improvements:

  • Additional guidance on how to draft effective dates, including contingent effective dates, and the possible consequences of failing to draft them carefully.
  • Drafting series and tabulations to avoid the doctrine of the last antecedent.
  • Additional guidance in drafting from model acts.
  • Updated examples in the appendices.