Accessing the law
1 lesson
Syllabus Outcomes:
5.1 researches and assesses commercial and legal information using a variety of sources
5.10 works independently and collaboratively to meet individual and collective goals within specified timelines
Students learn about:
Accessing the law
- Time
- Cost
- Procedure
- Language
Students Learn to:
- investigate the importance of being able to access the law
- identify some of the difficulties which people have in accessing the law
Indicators of learning – By the end of this lesson students will be able to...
- list and outline four barriers that make it difficult to access the legal system
- Use case studies to illustrate these barriers
- Propose possible solutions to these issues
- Student participation during class discussion
- Students completed table
- Student participation during group work
Lesson Plan
5 mins – Introduction and explanation of jigsaw activity
15 mins – Students research and complete individual task
15 mins – Students share knowledge
10 mins – Students individual task and lesson summary
Text Page
Pg 92 - 93
Glossary of Terms:
Define the following in your glossary of terms in the back of your workbook
- Access
- Discrimination
‘Access’ top the law means that all people have an equal opportunity to make use of our legal system. While equal access to the law should be a integral part to any legal system, the reality is that some people will not have equal access as a result of the cost of accessing the legal system, time issues, procedural issues or language barriers.
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Group Work (jigsaw activity):
In groups of four complete the following:
Each group member is to choose one issue that limits access to the legal system (cost, time, procedure, or language) and compete the following:
1. Outline the issue and the injustices created
2. Which groups in society are most likely to be disadvantaged by this issue?
3. Find a case study in relation to the issue and create a summary of the case
4. Propose at least two solutions to overcome this particular issue
A table has been provided for you to summarise each group members information
Use pages 92-93 of your text and the internet for research.
Once this has been completed share your work with your group so that you all have a set of notes on each barrier to accessing the law.
Individual Task:
Explain the following statement, ‘justice delayed is justice denied’. Use the examples of David Hicks case and/or the imprisonment of suspected terrorists in Guantanamo Bay in your response. (Response should be at least 8 lines)