The legal system

This section will help you understand how Victoria's legal system works. It explains which laws apply in Victoria and who's who in the legal sector.

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In Australia we have a federal system of government that governs all Australian states and territories. This means that both federal and Victorian laws apply to people in Victoria.

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The laws that affect you as a Victorian come from four places: the Australian Constitution, Victorian and federal legislation and cases decided by the courts.

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An explanation of the government bodies that deal with legal or law-related issues.

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An explanation of who's who in the legal profession in Victoria, including the difference between solicitors and barristers.

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An overview of the bodies responsible for looking at existing laws and recommending law reforms in Victoria.

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This page was last updated on April 07, 2015