2022 Intensive: Deciphering legislation - the dark arts of drafting

The 2022 CPD Intensive Series: Deciphering legislation - the dark arts of drafting

This session will give participants an overview of the legislative drafting process in the ACT. Drawing on his extensive drafting and settling experience, David Metcalf will outline the role of the drafter and the background processes that go into developing legislation in the ACT. Learn how an Act is structured, and the framework, constraints, and rationale that goes into drafting Acts, regulations and amendments to Bills before the ACT Legislative Assembly.  

David Metcalf 

David is former Deputy Parliamentary Counsel in the ACT Parliamentary Counsel's Office and former acting Principal Registrar for the ACT Courts. He has been drafting legislation for 18 years and was the PCO representative on the Court Rules Advisory Committee for 10 years. He is currently drafting legislation for the NT and WA governments. Before joining the Parliamentary Counsel's Office, David practised as a solicitor mainly in personal injury litigation. 


  • This is an on-demand webinar you can watch at anytime - a link and password will be sent to you when you register. 
  • Members will earn 1.5 CPD points in core area 4
  • This event was recorded at The 2022 CPD Intensive Series, held on Tuesday March 8 and Wednesday March 9 2022
  • This recording will expire on 31 December 2022.
  • Online tickets: $44


Webinar ticket $44.00(GST incl.) Register



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