the use of passive in legal documents

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Grammarly keeps warning against oeruse of passive sentence, but the text I am proofreading is a legal document. Is it not accaptable to use passe in such text .

What should I use instead of " on which CISG is based as per article 7/2 of CISG"

thank you

See example:

In case, there is no provision in CISG, the dispute is to resolved according to the general principles on which CISG is based as per article 7/2 of CISG.
asked Jul 21 '11 at 08:06 Merve New member

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There are a number of situations when the passive voice is standard.  You don't have to worry about it for the document you are checking.  Skip the cards.

link comment answered Jul 21 '11 at 21:42 Kimberly Expert
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However, there are some other things that can be done to make that sentence a little easier to read:

  1. Remove the first comma
  2. Insert the word "be" 
  3. Insert comma after "based"

"In case there is no provision in CISG, the dispute is to be resolved according to the general principles on which CISG is based, as per article 7/2 of CISG."

 

Still passive but, as Kimblerly says, that's not a problem.

 

Hope that helps! 

link comment answered Jul 22 '11 at 14:57 Siân Harris Expert

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