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Definition: Plain language is simple, clear, and direct and uses common words; the intent of plain language is to make information accessible. Included here are resources about the importance of and how to use plain language. Many resources listed on LawCentral are written in plain language and will be found under the appropriate topic keyword.

Plain language helps readers easily find what they need, understand that information, and use it effectively.  Learn how wording, structure and design work together in plain language work.

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Vancouver Community College has created this glossary of 5000 Canadian legal and court-related terms in English Plain Language, and their equivalents in six other languages (Chinese, Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese). The glossary is intended not only for court interpreters, but for everyone participating in court or legal processes.

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