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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.

94 resources

VCE Case Studies

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The material includes the Judge’s decision and orders as well as other relevant documents that provide background and context, such as the Summary of Prosecution Opening and submissions.

Accurate at: 23 January, 2019

County Court Educational Resources

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New County Court resources for Legal Studies teachers and students which includes fact sheets, films, virtual tour and case studies.

Accurate at: 19 December, 2018

County Court Criminal Division decisions

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Summaries of sentencing decisions for indictable crimes, such as serious drug offences, sex offences, violent offences, driving offences and fraud and dishonesty offences.

Accurate at: 19 December, 2018

County Court fact sheets

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14 fact sheets covering a broad range of the County Court's work. Each directly responds to the VCE Legal Studies curriculum.

Accurate at: 19 December, 2018

VCE Legal Studies Films

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The County Court has made eight short films tracking the progress of a criminal and civil case. Each directly relates to the VCE Legal Studies curriculum.

Accurate at: 19 December, 2018

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Justice in action: a study guide for teachers

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A study guide specifically designed for VCE Legal Studies teachers and students. It also provides fresh insights into the operation of the County Court of Victoria and the legal system.

Accurate at: 12 December, 2018

Fencing the neighbours

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Justice system articles

Information about some common disputes, including: fences and trees, noise, pets, injuries on your property.

There is also information about what you can do if a dispute with your neighbour makes you fear for your safety.

Accurate at: 6 November, 2018

Law Talks Material: Study Notes for Unit 2 Legal Studies

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Law Talks handouts

Study notes for Unit 2 Legal Studies students

Accurate at: 30 October, 2018

Koori Court

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Overview of the Koori Court - an alternative approach to sentencing.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

Drug court

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Overview of the Drug Court - an alternative approach to sentencing.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

Civil Law

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Definition of civil law and current Victorian civil law reforms.

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

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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

Part 2: Contrasting the adversarial and inquisitorial systems

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Coroner Caitlin English of the Coroners Court of Victoria discusses the differences between the adversarial and inquisitorial systems, and explains how the Coroners Court fits in. She provides examples of how the Coroners Court contributes to public health and safety.

Coroner Caitlin English, Coroners Court of Victoria (part 2)

Accurate at: 21 February, 2018

Part 1: The Coroners Court, adversarial and inquisitorial systems

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Coroner Caitlin English of the Coroners Court of Victoria discusses the differences between the adversarial and inquisitorial systems, and explains how the Coroners Court fits in. She provides examples of how the Coroners Court contributes to public health and safety.

Coroner Caitlin English, Coroners Court of Victoria (part 1)

Accurate at: 21 February, 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

Victorian Ombudsman Factsheets

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The Victorian Ombudsman has a range of fact sheets available to the public which provide a guide to using the services of the office & general complaint handling advice.

Accurate at: 30 January, 2018

Drug Court

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General Information on Drug Court (incuding brochures).

Accurate at: 16 January, 2018

Understanding human rights

Civics & Citizenship
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Help students understand basic human rights concepts, the origins of modern human rights, and how human rights apply to everyday life.

Published: 2018

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Legal Briefs Episode 10 – Mediation

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Professional mediator, Tim McFarlane talks about the alternative of settling out of court in mediation. Kimi Nishimura worked on the Kilmore East Kinglake Black Saturday bushfire case that settled out of court, she talks about why they decided to do that.

Accurate at: 14 November, 2016

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Legal Briefs Episode 4 – Mabo

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Barrister Bryan Keon-Cohen QC talks about the stages of the Mabo case leading to the final Mabo decision at the High Court, which set a new precedent. Professor Larissa Behrendt compares this with international judgments that deal with Aboriginal peoples.

Accurate at: 14 November, 2016

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Street law (education kit)

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A kit for educators to assist young people to better understand their rights when dealing with police and Protective Services Officers (PSOs) in Victoria.

The kit covers the following topics:

  • giving your name and address
  • being found drunk in public
  • orders to move on and stay away
  • weapons searches
  • searches on public transport.

Developed by Youthlaw and Victoria Legal Aid.

Published: 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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Magna Carta: The story of our freedom

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A range of resources developed to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Developed by the Australian Human Rights Commission the series of online educational resources explore the evolution of human rights since 1215 and the impact that Magna Carta has had on our human rights and freedoms in Australia.

The resources include:

  • Magna Carta: The story of our freedom interactive resource
  • The Magna Carta video
  • Magna Carta: The story of our freedom teacher resources

Accurate at: 14 June, 2015

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3D interactive court room

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A 3D interactive tool for students to explore a court room. The activity includes key roles that function in a court. It is a fun, yet educational tool for introducing the machinations of a courtroom to students.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Sanctions

Accurate at: 31 May, 2015

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Victoria's Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities

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The Victorian Charter of Human Rights contains 20 basic rights that promote and protect the values of freedom, respect, equality and dignity. This includes rights in criminal proceedings, such as the right to trial and the presumption of innocence. Follow this link to find out who the Charter applies to and how it works.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 3: Rights

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.

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VCE unit 2, Area of study 2: Remedies

Published: 2014

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Appearing in court

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Provides information on the court processes in a criminal case, including giving evidence and the various roles that people play in a hearing.

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Published: 2014

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Learning hub

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Provides educational information and academic articles on alternative dispute resolution methods, restorative justice, therapeutic jurisprudence and community justice.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Sanctions

Published: 2014

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You be the judge

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A series of four case studies for students to discuss, consider and apply the principles of sentencing. Students move through the case studies and decide the sentence for each of the offenders before comparing their sentences with that of the actual judge. Supported by teacher notes.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Sanctions

Published: 2014

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You be the judge: virtual tour

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You be the judge is a virtual tour that gives students the opportunity to participate in a sentencing hearing. There are four cases to choose from, all based on real-life matters. Students receive information from victims, offenders, prosecutors, defence lawyers and the judge before sentencing the offender. You be the judge: virtual tour is supported by You be the judge VCE teacher notes, available here.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Sanctions

Published: 2014

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Mediation

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Provides an overview of mediation: what it is, who can use it, what disputes can be mediated and the advantages of choosing mediation to resolve disputes.

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

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

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Victims of crime

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Provides a good overview of the criminal investigation process. Includes information about different types of crime and going to court. Also includes videos.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 3: Rights

Published: 2013

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Your day in court

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A guide for people going to the Magistrates' Court. It provides a good overview of the minor criminal offences heard in the Magistrates' Court.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Sanctions

Published: 2013

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Stories from the inside

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A documentary about a group of young inmates at Port Phillip Prison, a maximum security prison in Melbourne. Teachers can use this documentary to explore the role of incarceration as a criminal sanction.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Sanctions

Published: 2012

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You be the judge: VCE teacher kit

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This teacher kit contains the materials teachers need to deliver engaging classes on the principles of sentencing. Matched to VCE Legal Studies unit 2, it includes a teacher guide, four case studies and accompanying slides. This teacher kit is supported by the You be the judge: virtual tour.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Sanctions

Published: 2012

You be the judge: teacher kit

Civics & Citizenship
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This teacher kit contains the materials teachers need to deliver engaging classes on the principles of sentencing. Matched to the Year 9 and 10 curriculum, it includes a teacher guide, four case studies and accompanying slides. This teacher kit is supported by the You be the judge: virtual tour.

Published: 2012

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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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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