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What is law: - A body of official rules and regulations found in constitutions, legislation and judicial opinions that are created by sovereign power (parliament) - Set a foundation that aims to control behaviour of a society to prevent wrongdoing and anarchy - Are enforceable by statutory authorities like courts - Are utilitarian (achieve the greatest good for the greatest number) LEGAL SYSTEMS (developed for the maintenance of social order): - Australia is a common law country (laws based in English common law and the use of precedents)

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Law Common law Legal history Writ Civil law Equity Form of action Precedent English law Case law Sources of law Canon law
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utions, legislation and judicial opinions that are created by sovereign power (parliament) - Set a foundation that aims to control behaviour of a society to prevent wrongdoing and anarchy - Are enforceable by statutory authorities like courts - Are utilitarian (achieve the greatest good for the greatest number) LEGAL SYSTEMS (developed for the maintenance of social order): - Australia is a common law country (laws based in English common law and the use of precedents) Customary law: - Ancient peoples developed principles governing behaviour and relationships which formed the early sources of laws - Based on oral traditions that are passed down from generation to generation - Usually complex as it reflects all different groups, not just one - Justice Blackburn defining customary law: “a system of rules of conduct which is felt as obligatory upon them by members of a definable gro...
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