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Courts, Parliaments and Markets: Laws & Rules

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Source: Tingey Injury Law Firm (2020)

Learn all about law and rules in Australia and Victoria's legal systems and how these laws impact your life with the resources below.

Learn about Victoria's legal system (Victoria Law Association, n.d.)

This website helps you understand how Victoria’s legal sector works. It explains which laws apply in Victoria and who’s who in the legal sector. It will also point you in the direction of other resources if you want to know more.

The youth justice system (Youth Law Australia, n.d.)

Find out about the youth justice system, including warnings and cautions.

19 weird Australian laws (Stay at Base, n.d.)

Take note of these 19 weird Australian laws that, rumour has it, still exist today in some states - although the likelihood of you being arrested for breaking any of them is very unlikely!

Crime, the law and criminal records (Youth Law Australia, n.d.)

This fact sheet explains what happens when someone under 18 is charged with a crime.

Federal register of legislation (Australian Government, n.d.)

The Federal Register of Legislation (the Legislation Register) is the authorised whole-of-government website for Commonwealth legislation and related documents. It contains the full text and details of the lifecycle of individual laws and the relationships between them.

Am I old enough? Common legal issues for young people (Legal Aid Victoria, 2019, August)

This free booklet is for young people who want to know about how the law in Victoria affects them.

Australian legal system (State Library of NSW, n.d.)

For a community or society to work, it needs to have a level of structure that applies to everyone and is understood by everyone. Laws create that structure and regulate the way in which people, organisations and governments behave. A law is a rule that comes from a legitimate authority and applies to everyone. Laws are created to make sure that everyone understands what is expected of them as a member of society (their obligations) and what they can expect of others, including government (their rights). Read through this website to learn more.

Where do Victoria's laws come from? (Victoria Law Foundation, n.d.)

Victoria's laws come from several different sources — the Australian Constitution, Victorian and federal legislation, and common law. Read through this website to learn more.

How to deal with the police (Youth Central, n.d.)

If you find yourself - for whatever reason - interacting with the police, it's important to know your rights and responsibilities. Read through this page to learn more.

Police powers and my rights (Youth Law Australia, n.d.)

This article goes through what the police have the right to do or not do when you interacting with you, and gives you advice on how to deal with the police in a number of situations.

Young people and the police (Youth Law Australia, n.d.)

Laws that apply to adults also apply to people aged between 10 and 17. However, in some circumstances the police must treat young people differently. This includes if police want to:

  • interview you
  • take your fingerprints
  • take your photo
  • take samples from your body, such as saliva or blood.

This website has in-depth information on your rights as a young person if you are interacting with the police.