This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply understanding of the Australian legal system. This includes understanding and applying knowledge of the Federal system, sources of law, and the trial system for resolving disputes.The unit applies to individuals who are in legal assistant job roles, as well as those who are required to apply basic legal knowledge in a work environment.
Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce & extend knowledge and skill competence within set & controlled parameters in accordance with each unit’s learning outcomes & performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines.
Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills:
* prepare one report or one presentation that covers the following:
* Australian law
* statute law
* common law
* elements of the adversary trial system
* civil and criminal proceedings.
In the course of the above, the candidate must:
* explain differences between Australian law-making institutions, including courts and legislative bodies
* explain relationship between legislative powers of Federal Government and state/territory governments, including limitations on legislative authority
* identify appropriate bodies to hear civil versus criminal proceedings
* explain how adversarial system of trial operates
* explain application and outcomes of principles of precedent.
The qualified trainer and assessor will advise students of class notes, reading materials produced by VU Polytechnic and further support via VU Polytechnic e-learning system and/or in person.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):