Chapter 1. Rulewriting Style

Table of Contents

General Principles
Generally
Good Drafting
Tense
Voice
Positive Voice
Case
Gender Neutral Language
Punctuation
Generally
Colons
Semicolon
Commas
Parentheses
Apostrophes
Hyphens
Quotation Marks
Brackets
Underscore and Underline
Capitalization
When to Capitalize
When Not to Capitalize
Numerical References
In General
Measurements and Ages
Dates or Time
References to the Utah Code, Utah Administrative Code, and Other Laws
Structure and Word Selection
General Principles
Specific Terms
Citations in Rule
Generally
Citations to the Utah Constitution
Citations to the Utah Code
Citations to Utah Administrative Code
Citations to Court Rules
Citations to Federal Statutes and Regulations
Citations to Case Law
Citations to Other Materials
Incorporation by Reference
Generally
Use of Incorporation
Materials that May Be Incorporated
Incorporation Procedures
Incorporation Examples
Organization of Rules
Organization of the Administrative Code
Organization Within Rules
Numbering Rules
Reusing Rule and Section Numbers
Text Formatting Standards: A Comprehensive Check List
Presentation
Rule Citation/Reference Numbers
Catchlines
Text
Tables
Footnotes and Endnotes
End Matter
Special Formatting
Changes to Rule Text

In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.

--Oscar Wilde