Law and Justice in Australia is an 'introduction to law' textbook with a difference. It takes an historical, critical and contextual approach to law and justice and offers students a mix of stories, cases, article extracts and explanatory commentary with which to engage. This, with the author's natural narrative writing style, encourages students to develop an in-depth understanding of the legal system and creates a sound basis for further law study.
* New chapters on public law and international law.
* Further detail on statutory interpretation.
* More 'nut and bolts' practical information and popular 'quirky stories' which engage students and help them frame their learning in a real life context.
* Discussion of indigenous issues, including pre-settlement law, throughout the text normalises indigenous law, rather than seeing it as 'other' to British/White law.
Part 1 - Australia's Legal System in Focus
1. The Distinctiveness of Australian Law
2. The place of Australia in global law
Part 2 - The English Heritage
3. The Royal Courts and the Development of the Common Law
4. The Lawyers and the Early Development of the Doctrine of Precedent
5. The idea of Law in the Civil War and the Glorious Revolution
Part 3 - The Impact of the English Heritage
6. The Impact on the Indigenous Inhabitants
7. Britain and the Colonists: Using the Heritage
Part 4 - Moving towards Independence
8. The Nature and Scope of Parliamentary Democracy in the States
9. Federation as the Will of the People
10. Independent Attitudes, Race and Justice
Part 5 - Drawing on the Heritage: Legal Institutions in Action
11. Classifying Australian Law
12. The Courts in Action
13. The Doctrine of Precedent
14. The Doctrine of Precedent in Action
15. Interpreting Statutes
16. Conclusion - The importance of Law