Newly updated Courts and Tribunals Hot Topic

What do courts do? What is judicial independence? Can all legal cases be appealed?

Find the answer to these and other questions in the newly updated Hot Topic Courts and Tribunals.

This issue provides an overview of Australia's court system - federal and state - and how it fits within the legal system. It covers the areas dealt with by different courts and tribunals, judges, juries, and judicial accountability. It also examines diversionary options and alternative dispute resolution measures such as MERIT, mediation, youth justice conferencing and circle sentencing.

Hot Topics provide plain language information about legal issues. Other issues covered in the series include domestic violence, the Australian legal system, you and your lawyer, and voting and elections.

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