Re-Wiring the Law

When we study Roman as well as Anglo-American legal history, we find it to be true as a general proposition that the most far-reaching changes and fundamental innovation in the structure and fabric of the law were brought about, not by the actions of the legal profession, but by the efforts and acts of men or groups of men outside its ranks.

Law Reform (Law and Equity) Act 1972

An Act to provide that the rules of equity shall prevail over the rules of the common law in cases of conflict or variance; to extend the defences available in inferior courts; to repeal certain sections of the District Courts Act 1912 and the Supreme Court Act 1970; and for purposes connected therewith.

Contempt of Court: Consultation Paper: Victoria Law reform commission

There are both civil and criminal contempts, but the distinction is unclear and has been described by the High Court as illusory. It has been said that contempt is a criminal offence but not a crime. When pursued as a criminal offence, a civil procedure is used to prosecute, and for some contempts, the court itself is the victim, witness, prosecutor, judge and jury.

Death Penalty Abolition Act 1973 -Australia

Whereby any law referred to in subsection 3(2) (including a provision that would, but for this Act, have effect by virtue of such a law) it is provided that a person is liable to the punishment of death, the reference to the punishment of death shall be read, construed and applied as if the penalty of imprisonment for life were substituted for that punishment.

The Constitution of Australia

WHEREAS the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania, humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God, have agreed to unite in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth under the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and under the Constitution