I mean to talk about this as a general matter, the junction of several different topics. Brainstorm session.
Many codes and laws over time become too "complicated" for those expected to be bound by them. Examples I'm thinking:
1. Credit card companies' terms
2. Tax code
3. Congress' own bills
4. Police/lawyer code
Most of these writings are so voluminous that very few people have ever read them completely. Surely these codes can be condensed, without losing their principal purposes. Or can they? What's your opinion: Do you think it is important for such laws and codes to be short, succinct, and accessible?
But the details are important, too. Every law must have boundaries, and those boundaries must be defined by specific cases. These build up over time, and continually add length to such codes. So the other question: How can we define the law totally, for all cases, while still keeping it short and understandable? Is training a generation of "translators" the answer? What do you think is the right way to balance length and precision, justice and accessibility?