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Overview of the Office

New—December 2016:

We are pleased to be able to present our new guide booklet overviewing the role and function of the Office of the Registrar of Regulations, including a handy glossary of terms used in the delegated legislation-making process.

The booklet explains the main functions of the office in registering and maintaining a repository for Nova Scotia's regulations, publishing the regulations and other government notices in the Royal Gazette, consolidating regulations and establishing plain English drafting standards for regulations.

It answers basic questions such as: What are regulations? What do regulations look like? and How do you cite Nova Scotia regulations? As well, it explains the indexing and consolidation process, the review of draft regulations (with before and after examples) and identifies some more complex issues such as practical and legal constraints on the regulation-making process.

Download/view the PDF here: The Office of the Registrar of Regulations: An Overview of its Role, Practices and Procedures.


 From the booklet:

I would like to acknowledge the work of the dedicated and extremely hardworking staff at the Office of the Registrar of Regulations—in particular, my fellow editor Marie Christ, who has been working here along side me for over twenty years now. When I began working at this Office, there were no guidelines or written processes to follow; we did what had been done before or researched the issue, if possible, and made decisions as we went along. Writing, registering and consolidating the law demands consistency and accuracy, and my staff have excelled at not only achieving and maintaining those standards, but in ensuring that the Office can continue to meet them into the future.

This Office is committed to making the Province’s regulations accessible to Nova Scotians, through electronic access, and through the rigorous application of plain English legal drafting standards established by our Office.

I hope you find this guide informative and useful.

Rachel L. Jones
Registrar of Regulations

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