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Lynda Harris

Lynda believes we can make the world a better place by using the power of words for good .

Lynda’s organization, Write, has strongly influenced corporate and government writing across New Zealand and beyond. Lynda has developed a number of research-based standards and models including the Write Plain Language Standard™, and the Rewrite for Change™ Model.  In 2015, her international peers awarded her the prestigious Christine Mowat Plain Language Achievement Award.

Lynda is the New Zealand representative for Clarity and a member of the International Plain Language Federation’s Standards Committee. In her spare time, she loves reading and traveling and takes a keen interest in science-based, biological medicine. 

Do you understand your rights?

A European project for plain language in criminal justice

Vera Gergely, plain language consultant at Világos Beszéd, Hungary

If you don’t understand your rights, you can’t exercise them. That’s the starting point for our project called “Access Just”, which connected plain language experts and criminal defense lawyers from 15 EU countries to create:

  • A revised Letter of Rights (the text informing suspects of their fundamental rights), and

  • a publicly accessible, free e-learning course about plain language aimed at criminal justice actors in 10 languages.

Watch Florence Cols’ presentation to learn how they redesigned the Belgian Letter of Rights.


Participants will learn:

  • why Letters of Rights are crucial for the defendants in the criminal justice procedure

  • that even though the basic rights are the same across the EU, the national Letters of Rights might differ significantly due to the difference in local practices


Two useful resources for this presentation:

  1. the e-learning courses in Croatian, Estonian, English, French, Dutch, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish (German to come later)

  2. a previous research report on the accessibility of the Letter of Rights in Europe: