Describe the behaviour, appearance and language used by the LEGAL PERSONNEL ONLY in the courtroom.

·         Students will attend a court in the NSW court system and prepare a report answering the questions outlined in this task. Students are to supplement their report with theory learned in the classroom.

·         The case viewed must be a CRIMINAL case, under NSW legislation.

·         The court visit will be self-guided and must take place after 30 July 2018.

·         Students must not report on a court case which involves either themselves or a family member/friend.

·         Reports on cases which fall outside the NSW court system will not be accepted.

·         Reports on cases which a student has not personally attended will not be accepted.

·         Assistance in locating a suitable court case can be found in the online registry of court listings at:

https://onlineregistry.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/content/court-lists

·         A number of court sessions will be running at any one time in the court complex. Choose a case from which you can obtain the most useful information such as a HEARING.

 

·         You must be at court at 9.30am on a week day as proceedings start on time. If you have any questions regarding which court rooms criminal matters are being heard, ask the Court Registry office inside the Court house.

 

Students are to address the following questions in their report:

 

Under the heading of INTRODUCTION:

 

Write an introduction which addresses the purpose of the task and what you have viewed in court. Do not put into your introduction any details concerning the facts of the case.

 

Under the heading of CASE CONTENT:

 

Using full sentences write a description of the case addressing the following:

 

(1)  State the name of:

 

(i)            the court (i.e. Local Court, District Court, Supreme Court)

(ii)          the Presiding officer (Judge or Magistrate’s name) and

(iii)         the defendant/accused and the date of your visit.

 

(2)  Correctly identify:

 

(i)            the offence in the court case

(ii)          the section and Act containing the offence charged (Legislation: https://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/view/act/1900/40)

(iii)         the nature of the case (i.e. is it a sentence, summary hearing, trial, appeal etc)

(iv)         whether the defendant/ accused has pleaded guilty/not guilty

(v)          whether the defendant/accused is legally represented

 

(3)  Give an accurate description of what happened in the matter- this is known as the “short facts” of the case

 

(4)  Correctly identify the outcome of the case

 

Students should demonstrate their understanding of the NSW court system and criminal law theory in this section   

 

Under the heading of TECHNICAL CONTENT:

 

Using full sentences answer the following questions about your court case:

 

(1)  Identify the personnel you observed in the court room. Describe the role of each of them in the court room.

 

(2)  Describe the behaviour, appearance and language used by the LEGAL PERSONNEL ONLY in the courtroom.

 

Students should demonstrate their understanding of the NSW court system and criminal law theory in this section   

 

 Under the heading of OBSERVATIONS:

 

Using full sentences answer the following questions:

 

(1)  Expectations & Court Experience

 

(i)     What were your expectations before attending court?

(ii)   Describe your court room experience.

(iii)  Did your court room experience match your understanding of the theory of criminal law and the operation of the court system?

(iv)  Provide at least one example of how a principle of criminal law was applied in the court room (for example: the presumption of innocence, the standard of proof, the burden proof or the purpose of criminal law).

 

(2)  Cases in the media:

 

(i)    How did your court room experience compare to the reports of criminal cases that you hear or read about in the media?

 

Students should demonstrate their understanding of the NSW court system and criminal law theory in this section   

 

Under the heading CONCLUSION:

 

Using full sentences write a short conclusion which sums up the findings of your report.

 

Under the heading BIBIOGRAPHY:

 

List the sources used in your report utilising correct Harvard referencing.

 

NOTE: A guide to Harvard Referencing can be found here: https://library.westernsydney.edu.au/main/sites/default/files/cite_Harvard.pdf

 

Remember to use only sources which relate to the NSW court system.

 

IMPORTANT: to receive full marks for this criteria you MUST also provide appropriate IN-TEXT REFERENCES for any sources you have utilised (including the workbook and any online resources). 

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