|14 December 2020|
2020.3 ASSESSMENT TASK 2: Court Report
|UNIT NAME, UNIT CODE AND TERM|
|UNIT NAME||Introduction to the Australian Legal System|
|DETAILS OF ASSESSMENT TASK|
|WEIGHTING||35%||WORD LIMIT||1,250 words|
|MAXIMUM MARKS||50||DUE DATE: FRIDAY 30TH APRIL 2021 ONLINE VIA TURNITIN: 11.59PM (A College cover sheet is NOT needed and no other form of submission is required)|
|Define and use key legal terminology appropriatelyDemonstrate an understanding of key legal concepts, the role of the law in society and its impact upon Torres Strait Islander peoplesDemonstrate effective written communication skillsObserve and report on the operation of the Australian courts|
|Students are to review the attached Court case conducted within the NSW court system and answer the questions outlined in this task. A media report of the case has been provided as well as the NSW Case report. Students are also required to use INDEPENDENT RESEARCH for this task. Students are able to use the Unit power points contained on vUWS, the Student workbook (under the Essential resources tab on the unit home page) as well as independent research. Correct Harvard referencing must be displayed throughout the report.|
|This task must be submitted electronically, through TURNITIN, by the date indicated on the front page of the task.Failure to submit the task on time will attract a 10% PENALTY PER DAY.Submission through TURNITIN automatically includes a declaration that the work submitted is your own work It is no longer necessary to attach a cover sheet. Students should refer to the vuws website for the Marking criteria applicable to this task.|
|Students are to set out their report in the following manner: The report should have the following HEADINGS:Title page- INCLUDING WORD COUNTContents page (with section headings and page numbers)IntroductionCase contentTechnical contentObservationsConclusionBibliography The report must be written in formal Academic English with NO dot point responses. A 10-12 FONT ONLY should be used with at least 1.5 spacing. The report should answer ALL questions in the task.The report should be 1,250 words in length maximum (NOT INCLUDING THE BIBLIOGRAPHY) and the word count should be clearly stated on your paper.The paper should display correct HARVARD STYLE REFERENCING and IN TEXT REFERENCING should be correctly displayed. All sources must be cited including the Student workbook and on line sources. A guide to Harvard referencing can be found on the WSU website|
|Students are to review the NSW Court case contained in the links below and using the required layout answer the questions which follow. Students should review both sources. Media report of case: NSW Case law report: R v Dong  NSWSC 1277– Edited case report available under Assessment 2. QUESTIONS: Under the heading INTRODUCTION: Write a short introduction which addresses the purpose of this assessment task. Do not put into your introduction any details concerning the facts of the case. Under the heading of CASE CONTENT: 2. What was the name of the Court which heard this case?What was the name of the Judge?What was the name of the Accused?What was the date of the court decision?What was the offence in this case?Name the sections and Act where this offence is found.Did the Accused plead guilty or not guilty?What was the name of the Crown Prosecutor and Defence Counsel?|
- Give a brief description of what occurred in this case (facts)?
- What was the outcome of the case?
Under the heading TECHNICAL CONTENT:
- USING INDEPENDENT RESEARCH describe the role of a Judge, Crown Prosecutor, Defence Counsel and Jury in the NSW court system.
Under the heading OBSERVATIONS:
- In Module 2.2 and Module 3 you learnt about the NSW court system and the adversarial system of trial and the principles of criminal law.
Two features of the adversarial system of trial are that there are two opposing sides and it is an oral based system.
- Using independent research briefly discuss how these two features are displayed in NSW court cases.
A fundamental principle of criminal law is that a person is ‘innocent until proven guilty’.
- Using independent research briefly discuss how this principle is demonstrated in NSW court rooms (during trials).
Under the heading CONCLUSION:
- Using full sentences write a short conclusion summing up the findings of your report
Under the heading BIBLIOGRAPHY:
- List the sources used in your report using correct Harvard referencing. There should be a minimum of THREE REFERENCES to receive full marks for this section.
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