European Commission backs HRJ workshop with international experts on clear legal language"

How do we ensure a lasting change in mentality regarding the use of clear legal language? This was the theme of a workshop with international experts that was organized by the HRJ on 6 March 2020 in cooperation with the Structural Reform Support Service of the European Commission

Mette Jenssen, Counsellor in the Borgarter lagmannsret, spoke on Norwegian experiences in stimulating an accessible language. Ilse Westenenck, Head of Communications Department, Court of East Brabant, presented some examples of inspiring initiatives that have already been taken in the Netherlands. And Ingrid Olsson, Language Consultant at the Institutet for sprak och folkminnen, asked the rhetorical question whether Sweden is rightly regarded as the Nirvana of  "plain speaking". This was followed by an engaging exchange of views with the representatives of the College of Courts, the Public Prosecutor's Office, the Director of the Institute for Judicial Training and members of the HRJ "Spice" workshop.

This well-seasoned workshop will hopefully culminate in a major international conference on accessible legal language this autumn.