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Understanding law : an introduction to Australia's legal system / Richard Chisholm, Garth Nettheim
Bib ID 4602
Format BookBook
Author
Chisholm, Richard (Richard Colin), 1944-
 
Edition 6th ed. 
Description Sydney : Butterworths, 2002 
xii, 170 p. ; 21 cm. 
ISBN 0409318779 (paperback)
Summary

This popular book, now in its sixth edition, is both an easy read and an invaluable introduction to Australia's legal system. Although the authors are highly qualified - one is a judge and the other a professor - they avoid legal jargon and write with clarity, humour and simplicity. In this as in earlier editions, Understanding Law de-mystifies the law. It includes chapters on the origins of the Australian legal system; how laws are made by parliaments and the courts; the main areas of law; what the various courts are for and how they decide disputes; the legal profession; and other related issues. Understanding Law is the ideal starting point for students and other Australians who want to know more about the legal system that governs them.

Full contents
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Indigenous law, English law, Australian law
  • 3. Main branches of law
  • 4. Where law comes from: case law
  • 5. Where law comes from: legislation
  • 6. Limits on legislative power
  • 7. Courts and the interpretation of legislation
  • 8. Lawyers
  • 9. Courts of law
  • 10. Due process of law
 
Notes

Includes index.

Previous ed.: Sydney : Butterworths, 1997.

For tertiary students.

Subjects Law - Australia.  |  Justice, Administration of - Australia.
Other authors/contributors Nettheim, Garth

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