Further reading: Where our laws come from


A selection of external information relating to the Australian legal system.

Carvan, J 2015, Understanding the Australian Legal System, 7th edn, Thomson Reuters.

This is a good cook’s tour and is not expensive.

Cook, C, Creyke, R, Geddes, R, Hamer, D & Taylor, T 2015, Laying down the Law, 9th edn, LexisNexis Butterworths.

This textbook is for first-year law students. It sets out the basic principles of the Australian legal system and introduces legal reasoning, research and writing.

Davies, M 2008, Asking the Law Question, 3rd edn, Thomson Legal.

This book takes a theoretical approach to the nature of law and its impacts.

Laster, K 2001, Law as Culture, 2nd edn, Federation Press.

This textbook approaches the topic of law from a broader perspective.

Meek, M 2008, The Australian Legal System – LBC Nutshell, 4th edn, Law Book Co.

This is a concise book with references to Acts and cases.

Nagarajan, V 1989, Australian Law through 200 Years, Kangaroo Press.

This book contains an interesting collection of photos that illustrate the development of Australian law and legal institutions.

Nygh, PE and Butt, P 2010, Butterworths Concise Australian Legal Dictionary, 4th edn, Butterworths.

This useful book provides brief explanations of basic legal concepts, words and principles.

Lawyers’ Practice Manual (Vic.), Springvale Legal Service and Law Book Co.

This is a useful procedural guide for legal practitioners; it covers a range of legal topics.