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The law governs our lives from the day we are born to the day we die. So where do our laws come from? This video explains how parliaments make law, explaining the process of a Bill to an Act, how legislation changes over time, why the Commonwealth makes some laws and the states others, and delegated legislation such as regulations. This video is produced by the Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC), State Library of NSW with assistance from the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW. 

Legislation is a major source of law. Courts are the other source of law. This video explains the court hierarchy, the jurisdiction of courts and tribunals, and how courts can make new law by interpreting legislation, filling gaps in legislation, and developing the common law when there is no legislation.

Watch this short animation from the Parliament of Victoria to understand how laws are made.


Information for victims of crime about going to court in New South Wales, Australia. From JusticeNSW.

A series of 10 short videos. Click here to go to the web page.


Explains the NSW court and prison system avoiding jargon and complicated legal language. Aimed at people who are unfamiliar with the processes involved with arrest, trial and imprisonment of a family member or friend. Supports families and friends of an accused by providing them with information and contacts for support agencies. 
The Justice Maze will enable disadvantaged and marginalised groups to better understand the criminal justice system and gain access to essential legal, community and government resources. Enables government and community workers to better understand the system, and the economic, legal, social and psychological implications for prisoners and their families Produced by Community Restorative Centre (CRC)


Latest resources about the Australian legal system - borrow now or ask for an Interlibrary loan.

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