24/10/19 TIPS ON LEGAL WRITING II
 
Avoid    multiple    negatives
When you can recast a negative statement as a positive one without changing the meaning, do it. You’ll save readers from needless mental exertion. A single negative often isn’t very taxing:
  • No more than one officer may be in the polling place at a given time.
Still, the positive form is more concise and direct—and equally emphatic:
  • Only one officer may be in the polling place at a given time.