Since a while ago, I don’t remember exactly when, but It must have been on my most recent sprint of learning. I have been thinking that lawyers and law itself could be positively affected if some sort of coding syntax is used in addition to plain text. I say this mainly, but not exclusively, because it could get rid of ambiguities present on sentences that could easily be resolved with a pair of square-brackets or other grouping symbol.
Let me use an example to make this clearer. Let’s start with something easy (click to reveal spoiler):
TYT Mission Statement
To boldly pursue truth, challenge the establishment and drive positive change.
It is clear that we want to boldly execute ALL three of the actions inside the square brackets, in contrast with the plain text in which if we want to mean this without ambiguity, we will have to add the adjective to every object of the list and make the clearest but ugliest sentence ever. What do you think?
This is just an example that we can use now to play around and use on the rest. And even apply it to:
That does sound useful, and laws should absolutely be unambiguous. In the case of the Core Values sentence I think a colon after ‘boldly’ would set up the group, but approaching stuff like the 14th Amendment is tricky. If your coding syntax makes it easier to understand that’s definitely a win, but some of the laws are intentionally vague so they can put ultimate power in the hands of a judge.
I like the idea, had to read a lot of probate stuff recently, it was so bad I forwarded to a lawyer friend asking for help.
Yeah. 14th Amendment IS tricky. I gave it a thought the same day I posted and ended up with some loose ends that I may (somewhat, perhaps, but not so sure(?)) be able to make up to an acceptable deliverable for this. But hey, I am highly relentless and that was just attempt #1. There will be more attempts to come.