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Laws change according to society expectations<br />Prior to 2006 Queensland landowners could bulldoze every single tree on their property without any regard for environmental impact<br />From 1922 to until the 1990’s women in public service had to resign from their position once they married<br />Indigenous Australians only gained the right to vote in 1967 with over 96% of white Australians voting yes during a referendum<br />
Court is only the last resort<br />There are many steps to take before parties become an applicant or respondent in the courtroom.<br />Dealings with police<br />Meetings with your solicitor<br />Negotiations between solicitors<br />Mediation (to be completed before lodging an application)<br />Magistrates Court Mention (short hearing regarding paperwork requirements)<br />Magistrates Court or District Court hearing (depending on the crime or amount of money involved)<br />Continuing on to Supreme Court if case is warranted<br /><ul><li>From the date of seeing your solicitor to an application being lodged it may take months before the application is lodged
It may be up to two years before your matter goes to trial, with many many court hearings in between</li></li></ul><li>How law works – a scenario<br />Magistrate<br />Witness Box<br />Court Orderly<br />Respondent/Defendant<br />Appellant/Applicant<br />A typical Magistrates courtroom layout<br />
Courtroom etiquette<br />Judge is addressed as ‘Your Honour’ and hears matters in the Supreme or District Court<br />Magistrate is addressed as ‘Magistrate’ in the Magistrates Court<br />The Court Orderly hands documents between the parties and the Judge or Magistrate<br />Stand and sit when directed by the Court Orderly<br />Do not talk whilst evidence is being ‘heard’<br />Bow at the Judge or Magistrate when leaving the courtroom<br />
Courtroom staff<br />Security guards<br />Court Orderly or Court Officer (depends on the court)<br />Judge’s Associate (the judge’s personal assistant)<br />Media operator (if court orderly is too busy)<br />Judge or Magistrate<br />Outside of the courtroom are:<br />Subpoena staff (exhibits)<br />Registry staff (for filing documents)<br />Justice of the Peace (for signing of documents)<br />
Role play activity<br />Arrange yourselves into groups of six<br />Arrange the room to look like a court room<br />Devise a crime that has been committed and decide who is the Judge, the Court Orderly, the Applicant, the Respondent and each of their solicitors<br />The most interesting crime gets to play out their courtroom drama next double period<br />
Who wants to speak to a real person within the legal system?<br />Who or what would interest you the most?<br />Courtroom visit?<br />Visit to a police station <br />Visit from a police officer?<br />Visit from a solicitor?<br />Visit to the local community legal centre?<br />Visit to a uni mooting competition (legal debate)?<br />