Glossary development

The Council of Language Access Coordinators Working Group at the National Center for State Courts in the USA offers step-by-step Guidelines for the Development of Legal Glossaries.

The guidelines cover:

  • Identifying audience and setting
  • Defining the overall scope of the glossary
  • Determining the organization and structure of the glossary
  • Identifying the best platform for delivery of the glossary
  • Selecting and coordinating a team of legal and linguist subject matter experts
  • Developing an ongoing maintenance plan.

Appendix A lists legal glossaries issued by various sources, mainly courts, in a considerable number of languages including rarer ones.

There is also a sample project plan for the development of a bilingual legal glossary.

You can find the guidelines here.

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