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Cambridge Making and Breaking the Law VCE Units 3&4


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The highly-regarded textbook for VCE Legal Studies, now comprehensively revised for the 2018 Study Design and paired with a new Year 11 text.

Cambridge Making and Breaking the Law comprehensively covers the 2018 VCE Study Design while incorporating the practical features and authoritative understanding of legal studies in Victoria that have made Making and Breaking the Law VCE Units 3&4 such a popular, effective and accessible resource.

  • Comprehensively addresses the principles and directions of the 2018 VCE Study Design and provides extensive coverage of the substantial changes to the study.
  • Incorporates recent legislative changes and the latest data and statistics to ensure students have access to the most up-to-date information available.
  • Provides valuable insight into real-life applications of the law through news reports and case studies on contemporary issues.
  • Progressively builds the knowledge and skills required for success and supports exam preparation with end-of-chapter summaries, revision questions and practice exam questions.
  • Brings Legal Studies to life through rich media, pop-up glossary definitions, interactive activities and more in the Interactive Textbook.

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Preliminary pages [PDF 0.5Mb]

Chapter 1: Law and justice: an introduction [PDF 2.4Mb]

Chapter 2: Criminal law and justice [PDF 2.0Mb]

Chapter 3: Determining a criminal case [PDF 4.2Mb]

Chapter 4: Sanctions and outcomes [PDF 1.3MB]

Chapter 5: Civil law and justice [PDF 3.3Mb]

Chapter 6: The Australian parliamentary system [PDF 3.1Mb]

Chapter 7: The people and the Australian constitution [PDF 3.9Mb]

Chapter 8: Parliament and law-making [PDF 1.2Mb]

Chapter 9: The role of the courts in law-making [PDF 2.3Mb]

Chapter 10: Reforming the law [PDF 5.3Mb]

Chapter 11: Parliament and the courts: an evaluation [PDF 0.9Mb]

Glossary and Index [PDF 0.1Mb]

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Chapter 2

Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT)
The Victims of Crime Commissioner (VoCC)
Protecting Australia's Incarcerated Aboriginals

Chapter 3

The Magistrates' Court of Victoria: Find your local court
The Magistrates' Court of Victoria
The County Court of Victoria
The Children's Court of Victoria
The Children's Court of Victoria: Virtual Tour
The Children's Court of Victoria: Criminal case video
The Supreme Court of Victoria
The High Court of Australia
Federation of Community Legal Centres (CLCs)
Criminal Trial Delays in Australia: Trial Listing Outcomes
Department of Immigration and Citizenship
Department of Immigration and Citizenship: Sudanese community case study

Chapter 4

Sentencing Advisory Council: You be the judge

Chapter 5

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
The Magistrates' Court of Victoria
The County Court of Victoria
The Supreme Court of Victoria
The High Court of Australia
Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC)

Chapter 6

The Parliament of Australia
Governor-General of Australia
Parliament of Victoria
Governor of Victoria
Virtual Tour of Victorian Parliament

Chapter 7

The High Court of Australia
Track commonwealth proposals

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

High Court of Australia: Library section

Chapter 10

Amnesty International Australia
Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC)

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Jules Aldous, Rebecca Irvine, Celia Mara, Carol Rowland, Jennifer Poore, Tony Kuc