The first Laws of Duplicate Bridge were published in 1928. There has been successive revisions in 1933, 1935, 1943, 1949, 1963, 1975, 1987, and 1997. In accordance with its By-Laws The World bridge Federation promulgated the current edition in 2017.
The Laws are designed to define correct procedure and to provide an adequate remedywhen there is a departure from correct procedure. They are primarily designed not as punishment for irregularities but rather for the rectification of situations where nonoffenders may otherwise be damaged. Players should be ready to accept gracefully any rectification or adjusted score awarded by the Director.
There have been many developments in duplicate bridge over the last ten years and there are no signs that these changes have stopped. The task that confronted the Drafting Committee was to ensure the Laws were updated so as to cope with past changes and to establish a framework that can cope with future developments.