Understanding our laws and courts

Australian law is created through legislation in parliament and via common law as it has evolved through the courts. Meanwhile, the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) seeks to protect traditional rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Australia’s courts rule on the law in a tiered system with the magistrates at entry level, ascending to the County, Supreme and High Court. The Family Court and Federal Court operate in parallel. Victoria also has a specialist Children’s Court.

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