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Plain Language GuideHow to Incorporate Plain Language intoCourt Forms, Websites, and Other Materials

Date: 
01/07/2019
Author: 
National Association for Court Management

A comprehensive guide on how to incorporate plain language into court forms, legal information handouts, websites, and other materials to help authors and designers create content and solutions that are easily understandable by everyone.

Key elements include:

  • shorter sentences
  • active voice
  • don't use third person
  • reduce the reading level
  • avoid all caps
  • include white space and headings
  • font size
  • include visuals.

The guide discusses these key elements, and much, much more.  It includes many specific examples to help you write accessible content.

Click the "go to website" link below to download the guide from the NACM website.


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