Redefining Legislative Drafting: The Role of Akoma Ntoso
Written on March, 2022
The adoption of the Akoma Ntoso standard signifies a significant shift in the legislative drafting process, showcasing the potential for modern digital technologies to revolutionise traditional practices. This international standard for legislative documents, represented in an XML format, enhances both the accessibility and interoperability of legislation. This essay will analyse the inherent challenges, the strategies recommended for implementation, and the wider impact of adopting Akoma Ntoso for legislative drafting.
The intimidating complexity of legislation often leads to an apprehensive view of transformations in its drafting and creation processes. In light of this challenge, a key recommendation for those embarking on this journey is to begin with small-scale projects. This contrasts with the common government approach of replacing an entire legacy system with a large-scale, comprehensive project. Instead, the focus should be on creating a proof of concept or a minimum viable project that provides demonstrable value. For example, this could involve creating a simple amendment or implementing a system that can record detailed track changes to legislative documents.