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Laws are among the most complex legal documents known to humankind. If they could be written in plain language, then there would be no reason why all legal documents couldn’t be written in plain language. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first laws that were deliberately written as plain language laws. The Government that wrote them is still writing all of its laws in plain language, as now are many other Governments. Yet in legal writing generally, plain language is still the exception, rather than the rule, and is still a matter of controversy. How can this be? This session will explore the history of the use of plain language in laws, and the lessons that that history provides for the use of plain language generally.