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

Curriculum content descriptions

The key principles of Australia‚Äôs justice system, including equality before the law, independent judiciary, and right of appeal (ACHCK078)

Elaborations
  • describing what is meant by each principle and how each works to protect citizens and contribute to a fair society
  • examining factors that can undermine the application of the principles of justice (for example, bribery, coercion of witnesses, trial by media and court delays)
  • examining how the media, or individuals through social media, could influence the outcome of a trial by publishing information about a defendant that could affect a jurys decision
General capabilities
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Legal equality,  Appeal,  Judiciary

Online

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Interactive

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The Conversation - Indigenous collection

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