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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.

59 resources

Fencing the neighbours

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Justice system articles

You have a dispute with the neighbours. How can the Dispute Settlement Centre help?

Accurate at: 6 November, 2018

4 tips to help you resolve a neighbourhood dispute

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Justice system articles

A fall-out with a neighbour over things like a fence, loud noise or overhanging trees can quickly become unpleasant and stressful.

Accurate at: 6 November, 2018

Legal Education Resources

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Resources for dealing with Infringements (focusing on migration law impacts), and motor vehicle accidents, and newly arrived and refugee employment law.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

VLRC's Annual Report 2016-2017

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A comprehensive report, relevant areas: Review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996 (p. 18), demonstrating one of the stages involved in effecting reform to the law.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

Victims of Crime Assistance Act Consultation Paper

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Consultation paper addressing supplementary terms of reference re the report into victims of crime. In particular, addressing the operation and effectiveness of the Act and the VOCAT.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

New Laws to Crack Down on Emergency Worker Attacks

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Media Release from Premier Daniel Andrews regarding their proposed reforms of mandatory sentencing - example of recent reform attempts in order to further the principles of justice in sentencing.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

Why mandatory sentencing fails

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Article discussing the ineffectiveness of mandatory sentencing - critical analysis of recent reforms of the criminal justice system and how they do not achieve the principles of justice.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

Self Representation

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Fact sheets for a variety of areas of law including bankruptcy, fair work, and human rights and discrimination.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

Legal Help

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A resource designed at educating the public on current consumer law related issues, including private car parking fines and repurchase ACL proceedings repurchase of faulty/unsafe/damaged/or wrongly advertised goods.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

VCAT Practice Notes

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Practice notes regarding various processes in VCAT, for example Civil Claims List General Procedures.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

For consumers

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General advice for consumers covering several topics including insolvency, lodging complaints, and superannuation and interests.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

Victoria Ombudsman Publications

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Access point to Ombudsman publications, including parliamentary and annual reports, fact sheets, guides, and action plans.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

Review of the Adoption Act Report

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Review to modernise the Adoption Act 1984, demonstrating the pre-reform investigatory stage within the context of adoption laws.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

Tree Neighbourhood Dispute Consultation Paper

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Paper discussing the issue of neighbour tree disputes, relevant areas include: 3. Resolving neighbourhood tree disputes in Victoria, which helps illustrate various civil dispute resolution methods in a practical context.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

Sentencing Children and Young People in Australia

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Details regarding the Criminal Division of the Children's Court - statistical profile of sentences, identifies changes over a decade, and data regarding young offenders in the higher courts.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

Victorian Sentencing Manual

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Judicial College of Victoria manual on sentencing, of particular use are:

  • Topic: 6 Sentencing Principles, and
  • Topic 7: Sentencing Purposes.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Publications

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Publications addressing covering several topics about Aboriginal legal services, relevant regarding discussion regarding reform challenges due to historical and cultural reasons.

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

About Community Legal Centres

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Introduces the role of CLCs; area of relevance is Case Study - Central Highlands Community Legal Centre which outlines the case work of a CLC based in Ballarat.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

Deakin Law Clinic

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DLC is an example of a community legal centre that provides free legal advice to members of the community who are financially disadvantaged or otherwise experiencing difficulties accessing justice.

Accurate at: 13 August, 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

Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal

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VOCAT was established to acknowledge and provide financial assistance to victims of crime committed in Victoria, to assist them in their recovery from crime.

Accurate at: 5 February, 2018

Role play

Danielle come to judgment

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A fully scripted hearing designed to help students become familiar with the procedure for conducting a hearing in the Magistrates' Court of Victoria.

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

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

Bail and parole

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General

The purposes of bail and parole, and how they differ.

5 Bail and parole

Accurate at: 15 January, 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 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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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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Magistrates' Court of Victoria virtual court site

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Provides a virtual tour of the Magistrates' Court of Victoria and videos of mock hearings of a criminal case and a contested intervention order.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Sanctions

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

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

Published: 2014

Various resources

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.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 2: Remedies

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

Published: 2014

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

Dr Grant and his underpants

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A fully scripted model mediation designed to show students the procedure for the mediation of a dispute. Based on the real case of Grant v Australian Knitting Mills Limited. Also demonstrates the effectiveness of mediation as a method of dispute resolution.

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

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

Various resources

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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