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The best Civics & Citizenship and VCE Legal Studies resources in one place.

Finding up-to-date and interesting resources for your students can be hard. Victoria Law Foundation has made it easy by bringing them all together in one place. Search our database to find resources produced by the legal sector to support your teaching in Civics & Citizenship and VCE Legal Studies.

Have a look at what the Foundation publishes.

45 resources

S140 – Civil proceedings: standard of proof

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Direction notes for judges on the 'standard of proof' in civil cases.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

S141 – Criminal proceedings: standard of proof

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Direction notes for judges on the 'standard of proof' in criminal cases.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

Victorian Criminal Charge Book

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A comprehensive resource to aid in researching the elements, defences, and origins of a criminal offence.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

Civil Juries Charge Book

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A comprehensive resource to aid in researching the elements, defences, and origins of a civil offence.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

Victorian Legal System

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Basic summary of the characteristics of statute, common law, constitution and courts.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

Characteristics of an Effective Law: Year 11 Teacher and Student Resource

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Characteristics of an effective law in a Western Australian context, with examples.

Accurate at: 6 August, 2018

Criminal Law

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Definition of criminal law and current Victorian criminal law reforms.

Accurate at: 6 August, 2018

Civil Law

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Definition of civil law and current Victorian civil law reforms.

Accurate at: 6 August, 2018

Guides

Victoria's legal system

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An easy-to-understand introduction to the legal system in Victoria. It explains where laws come from, as well as the role of courts and other legal organisations that make up Victoria's justice system.

Published: 2018

Victoria Legal Aid
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Young people and the law

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General

A range of educational resources, including teacher kits and videos, that focus on the kinds of legal issues that young people may face. For example, information on courts and the legal system, fines and infringements, police powers and your rights, public transport offences, sex and the law, and legal rights and responsibilities for young people.

Accurate at: 31 January, 2018

Sex, young people and the law
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Sex, young people and the law (education kit)

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A kit for educators to assist young people to understand their legal rights and responsibilities and make informed decisions about sex and relationships.

The kit covers the following topics:

  • age of consent
  • consent
  • cyber bullying
  • sexting.

Developed by Victoria Legal Aid and Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre.

Accurate at: 31 January, 2018

Parliament Explains

Civics & Citizenship
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Videos on how law is make, how parliament committees and elections work, democracy and legal systems.

Published: 2018

The standard of proof

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Why our legal system is based on proof, and how the standard of proof differs in criminal and civil courts.

1 The standard of proof

Unit 1, Area of study 2: The presumption of innocence

Unit 3, Area of study 1: The Victorian criminal justice system

Unit 3, Area of study 2: The Victorian civil justice system

Accurate at: 20 December, 2017

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Legal Briefs Episode 6 – Criminal Intent

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Barrister Robert Richter QC discusses an alleged underworld crime case he worked on, and how intent can be proved. Former Supreme Court Justice Betty King talks about the role of the judge and jury in criminal cases.

Accurate at: 14 November, 2016

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Legal Briefs Episode 1 – What is Law?

Civics & Citizenship
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Former Justice of the High Court Michael Kirby, Justice Susan Kenny, the Federal Court of Australia, and Justice Betty King, the Supreme Court of Victoria, talk about the nature of law and justice, its fluid and changing state.

Accurate at: 14 November, 2016

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Legal Briefs Episode 8 – Property

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Gautam Mukherji and Richard Lancaster SC talk about how a single piece of property can have various rights, for instance a designer bag, or even a song such as Men at Work’s 'Down Under'.

Accurate at: 14 November, 2016

Culpable driving courtroom drama

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The National Trust of Victoria's new Culpable Driving Court Room Drama looks at the case of a young man, Kim Tran, who was charged with culpable driving in the County Court. The case is based on a real case, but names, dates and details have been changed to maintain the confidentiality of the original participants. This program includes new video projections and an updated script. This courtroom drama was launched in February 2016 and was funded by a grant from the Victoria Law Foundation.

Accurate at: 22 February, 2016

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Respect me

Civics & Citizenship
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The National Trust of Victoria, in partnership with the Gippsland Legal Service, has developed a courtroom drama entitled ‘Respect Me’, the purpose of which is to inform students of the dangers of inappropriate use of social media.

Accurate at: 19 November, 2015

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Parliament of Victoria education zone

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Provides a range of education resources on the Victorian parliament and how it works. Includes information on tours.

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VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: The people, the parliament and the courts

Published: 2014

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Environment Protection Authority

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Victoria's environmental regulator. Visit their website for information on Victoria's environment issues and for an overview of Victoria's environment legislation, the Environment Protection Act 1970.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: Civil liability

VCE unit 2, Area of study 2: Remedies

Published: 2014

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Classroom resources

Civics & Citizenship
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Provides a range of activities on the electoral process, including information on referendums, election facts and figures, elections maps and ballot paper templates. The resources on this site includes: factsheets, videos, activity sheets and more.

Published: 2014

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Consumer Affairs Victoria

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Victoria's consumer affairs regulator. Find information on different areas of consumer law, including housing and accommodation, shopping and cars. You can also find videos on consumer law issues under the resources and education section.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: Civil liability

VCE unit 2, Area of study 2: Remedies

Published: 2013

Teacher resources
Guides

Police powers

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Contains information about your rights when dealing with police, and covers topics such as arrest, being held in custody and searches.

Published: 2013

Role play

Death at Blue Hills

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This partly scripted model criminal trial helps students gain a practical insight into the rules of evidence and procedure of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Sanctions

Published: 2010

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The Australian Consumer Law

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Visit this website to find out information on the Australian Consumer Law and its enforcement.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: Civil liability

VCE unit 3, Area of study 2: The Victorian civil justice system

Published: 2009

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Gist of it: the parliament

Civics & Citizenship
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In this interview, Dr Nick Economou discusses the role of parliament and the process for passing laws in Australia.

Ep03 The Parliament FINAL JVC

VCE unit 1, Area of study 1: Legal foundations
VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: The people, the parliament and the courts
Civics & Citizenship: Government and democracy

Published: 2008

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Gist of it: the courts

Civics & Citizenship
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In this interview, former Justice of the High Court, The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG, discusses the role of the courts in Australia's legal system and explains the difference between common law and statute law.

Ep02 The Courts FINAL JVC

​​Civics and citizenship: Laws and citizens

Published: 2008

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Consumers

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A Commonwealth statutory authority that enforces competition and consumer law, and promotes competition and fair trading. This website provides a wealth of information on consumer law.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: Civil liability

VCE unit 2, Area of study 2: Remedies

VCE unit 2, Area of study 3: The law in focus

This page was last updated on March 15, 2018