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Civics and citizenship / Year 9 / Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Laws and citizens

Curriculum content descriptions

The key features of Australia‚Äôs court system and how courts apply and interpret the law, resolve disputes and make law through judgements  (ACHCK077)

Elaborations
  • creating a visual representation of the court jurisdictions in Australia
  • categorising sample cases in relation to the courts in which they would be heard (for example, cases from criminal, consumer, family, human rights and environmental law)
  • describing the role of a particular court (for example, a supreme court, a magistrates court or the Family Court of Australia)
  • exploring how court judgements impact on the development of law (for example, the role of precedents)
General capabilities
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Court procedures,  Jurisdiction

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