Videos

These videos are intended to help students of legal studies and law, and members of the community, understand important legal principles. They were recorded at Law Week Law Talks in Melbourne in May 2014, apart from Coroner Caitlin English, who was speaking at Law Week Law Talks in Melbourne in May 2015.

Advice on the Legal Studies curriculum provided by the Victoria Law Foundation.

The Australian legal system - The Hon. Philip Cummins AM

Inquisitorial process compared with adversarial process. Coroner Caitlin English, Coroners Court of Victoria.

The jury system - Paul Dore, Juries Commissioner

Mediation - Gina Ralston, Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria

Commercial arbitration - Albert Monichino QC

The Australian legal system

The speaker is the Hon. Philip Cummins AM, Chair of the Victorian Law Reform Commission and a former Supreme Court judge. Mr Cummins was speaking on 15 May 2014 at a Law Talks event held by the Victorian Law Reform Commission and the Victoria Law Foundation, at the State Library of Victoria.

1 The standard of proof. Why our legal system is based on proof, and how the standard of proof differs in criminal and civil courts.

Matching to the VCE Legal Studies curriculum:

  • Unit 1: Area of study 2
  • Unit 2: Area of study 1
  • Unit 4: Area of study 2

2 Testing the proof. How proof is tested in courts.

Matching to the VCE Legal Studies curriculum:

  • Unit 1: Area of study 3
  • Unit 4: Area of study 2

3 Juries and evidence. The role of the jury, and how a jury decides the facts of the case.

Matching to the VCE Legal Studies curriculum:

  • Unit 4: Area of study 2

4 The judge and sentencing. How the role of the judge differs from that of the jury, and what factors are involved in sentencing.

Matching to the VCE Legal Studies curriculum:

  • Unit 1: Area of study 2

5 Bail and parole. The purposes of bail and parole, and how they differ.

Matching to the VCE Legal Studies curriculum:

  • Unit 1: Area of study 3

6 Legislation and judge-made law. What are the differences between laws made by parliaments and by judges?

Matching to the VCE Legal Studies curriculum:

  • Unit 3: Areas of study 1 and 3

7 Structure of the courts. The court system in Victoria and Australia can be seen as similar to a pyramid.

Matching to the VCE Legal Studies curriculum:

  • Unit 1: Area of study 3
  • Unit 2: Area of study 2
  • Unit 4: Area of study 1

8 Law as a degree and a career. The benefits of studying law, how to get into law courses, and some of the careers it can lead to.

 

The Coroners Court, adversarial and inquisitorial systems

Coroner Caitlin English of the Coroners Court of Victoria discusses the differences between the adversarial and inquisitorial systems, and explains how the Coroners Court fits in. She provides examples of how the Coroners Court contributes to public health aand safety. 

Matching to the VCE legal studies curriculum:

Unit 4: Learning outcome 2

 

Part 1: The Coroners Court and the inquisitorial process.

 

Part 2: Contrasting the adversarial and inquisitorial systems.

 

Part 3: How a Coroners Court works. Shared features of adversarial and inquisitorial systems. Death rates in Victoria, causes of death, and when deaths are reported to the Coroners Court.

 

 Part 4: How the Azaria Chamberlain case resulted in changes to the ways Coroners Courts consider evidence.

 

Part 5: Practical recommendations that Coroners Courts make to improve public health and safety.

 

 

 

The jury system

The Juries Commissioner Paul Dore explains how the jury system works in Victoria.

Matching to the VCE legal studies curriculum:

Unit 1: Area of Study 3
Unit 4: Area of Study 2

1 The benefits of the jury system

2 How citizens become jurors

3 Our expectations of jurors

 

Alternative dispute resolution and mediation

Gina Ralston, Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria, explains about alternative dispute resolution and mediation. What is mediation, how does it work, and what are its advantages compared with going to court?

Matching to VCE legal studies curriculum:

Unit 2: Area of Study 2
Unit 4: Area of Study 1

Commercial arbitration  

Matching to the VCE Legal Studies curriculum:

  • Unit 4: Area of study 1

What is arbitration? In this series of videos from his presentation at Law Talks 2014 in Melbourne, Albert Monichino QC discusses commercial arbitration, starting with the differences between arbitration, mediation and litigation. 

 2  Why choose arbitration? As Albert Monichino explains, arbitration can be preferable to going to court over a civil dispute, if you want privacy, an arbitrator with expertise in your area, and to avoid the danger of having the decision overturned on appeal.

 

3 How is arbitration conducted, and what is the role of the courts?

4 International arbitration. Albert Monichino QC explains why arbitration is the preferred way to settle international disputes, because many countries are parties to international treaties concerning arbitration. This means that arbitral awards can be enforced internationally.

5 International arbitration and the future

Albert Monichino provides some examples of international arbitration, and explains why the Australian legal profession must adapt to the changing international environment.

 

View the Prezi presentation of Albert's talk on commercial arbitration.

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