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VCE Legal Studies investigates the ways in which the law and the legal system relate to and serve individuals and the community.
Legal Studies examines the processes of law-making, dispute resolution and the administration of justice in Australia. Students develop an understanding of the impact of the legal system on the lives of citizens, and the implications of legal decisions and outcomes on Australian society. The study provides students with an appreciation of how individuals can be involved in decision-making within the legal system, encouraging civic engagement and helping them to become more informed and active citizens.
From Legal Studies Victorian Certificate of Education Study Design 2010 <http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Documents/vce/legalstudies/legalstudiessd-2011.pdf>
This is an excellent source to search for articles about Criminal Law or Civil Law. Think about the appropriate terms to use for your searches. The video tutorial below explains how to use Echo Online. If you require further assistance with Echo Online, ask a member of the Library staff for help.
A court is a body formed to adjudicate on criminal charges and civil disputes and to determine the best path to justice. Courts are funded by governments and overseen by judges and magistrates. There are many different courts in Australia, both in State and Federal jurisdictions. Courts are organised in court hierarchies, where both appeals and the doctrine of precedent can function. Courts also serve as law-making bodies. Courts examine the facts of each case but also engage in statutory interpretation and both setting and following precedents. Court decisions and rulings together form our common law. These lawgovpol.com topic pages contain concise summaries of Australian courts and their operation.
Laws are rules, regulations and restrictions that apply to all members of society. Laws define how people should behave or conduct themselves, and provide sanctions and deterrents against improper and destructive behaviour. Laws help to organise our societies, maintain order, ensure our safety and prevent infringements of our rights. Without laws, societies would descend into lawlessness, anarchy and violence. In a democratic society, laws are created by representatives of the people (parliaments) and independent judges and magistrates (courts). There are two types of laws: criminal law, which deals with offences against people, property and morality, and civil law, which deals with disputes between different parties. The lawgovpol.com topic pages offer a brief introduction to laws.
Rules and laws, why do we have them? How are they made?
There is no single agreed definition of the rule of law. However, there is a basic core definition that has near universal acceptance. As Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Walker, has written in his defining work on the rule of law in Australia: ‘…most of the content of the rule of law can be summed up in two points: (1) that the people (including, one should add, the government) should be ruled by the law and obey it and (2) that the law should be such that people will be able (and, one should add, willing) to be guided by it.’
– Geoffrey de Q. Walker, The rule of law: foundation of constitutional democracy, (1st Ed., 1988).
When submitting an assignment, it's important to reference the sources you use. Using the right sources in your work provides you with the supporting evidence you need in your assignment. Referencing is the acknowledgment of the sources that you use in your work. You must reference all sources that you use in your assignment, including words and ideas, facts, images, videos, audio, websites, statistics, diagrams, and data.Microsoft Word has a "References" tab which allows you to add sources. There are also websites which will "autocite" resources.
Zotero: Free software to collect, organise, cite, and share your research sources. Click here for 'how to' guides on installing and using Zotero, or here for the video version.
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