​Why learn about courts?

Knowledge of courts’ functions and processes is essential to effective citizenship.
 
Our attitudes and opinions about courts are shaped over time by a range of influences such as the media, family, friends and community groups.
 
Civics education underpins our current schools curriculum and can provide learners with knowledge and understanding to question, reflect and form opinions about the role of courts in our communities.
 
Many of us will have some degree of contact with courts during our lives.
 
Throughout the series of suggested learning experiences in this package, learners will come to see courts as a resource and formulate views about the importance of key features and underlying principles in enabling the legal system to balance the rights of diverse individuals and groups in attempting to provide social order and harmony.
 
The Challenge supports learners to develop:
  • understandings of the functions, processes and systems of decision-making
  • understandings of how to access and use these processes and systems effectively.
The Challenge is framed around four key questions:
Issues that may arise for discussion include:
 
  • the effectiveness of our court system
  • the appropriateness of court outcomes and the complexities of choosing effective consequences for a range of actions
  • the way courts reflect contemporary society
  • the importance of independence from the government and parliament
  • public trust and confidence in courts.
The Challenge provides scope for learners to consider questions and issues like these in the context of their own experiences.
 

South Australian Law Courts Education Program