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This reference list both acknowledges and attributes the original authors and sources of the legal information provided in this part of the course. It also provides a useful list of resources if you want to learn more about this area of the law.


Fitzroy Legal Service Inc. The Law Handbook Online, ‘fines, infringements and criminal law’ http://www.lawhandbook.org.au/2016_03_00_00_fines_infringements_and_criminal_law

Judicial College of Victoria, Victorian Criminal Charge Book, (updated, 11 August 2016) http://www.judicialcollege.vic.edu.au/publications/victorian-criminal-charge-book

Slades & Parsons: Criminal Law, What is the Main Objective of Criminal Law? (online) http://www.sladesparsons.com.au/what-is-the-main-objective-of-criminal-law

FindLaw Australia, Criminal law: ‘mens rea’ and the guilty mind, (online) http://www.findlaw.com.au/articles/4487/criminal-law-mens-rea-and-the-guilty-mind.aspx

Australian Government, Australian Law Reform Commission, Strict and Absolute Liability: A common law principle (online) https://www.alrc.gov.au/publications/common-law-principle-0

Victorian Government, Sentencing Advisory Council, Sentencing Law in Victoria, (online) https://www.sentencingcouncil.vic.gov.au/about-sentencing/sentencing-law-victoria

Victorian Government, Victorian Law Reform Commission, The Role of Victims of Crime in the Criminal Process: Information Paper 1, History, Concepts and Theory (May 2015), available at: http://www.lawreform.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/Role_of_Victims_of_Crime_Info_Paper_1_web.pdf

Victorian Government, Victoria Law Foundation, Victoria’s legal system: An introduction to the legal system in Victoria, (2014), available at: http://www.victorialawfoundation.org.au/sites/default/files/resources/victoriaslegalsystem2016.pdf

Victorian Government, Victorian Law Reform Commission, Review of the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997: Final Report, (2013), available at: http://www.lawreform.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/Review_of_the_Crimes_Mental_Impairment_and_Unfitness_to_be_Tried_Act_0.pdf


Mark Findlay, Problems for the Criminal Law, (Oxford University Press, 2001).

David Field, Crimes that shaped the law, (LexisNexis Butterworths Australia, 2005).

Leo Katz, Bad acts and guilty minds: conundrums for the criminal law, (University of Chicago Press, 1987).

Lorraine Finlay, Tyrone Kirchengast, Criminal law in Australia, (LexisNexis Butterworths Australia, 2015).

Mirko Bagaric (originally: David Ross QC), Ross on Crime, (Thomson Reuters, 6th ed, 2013).

David Brown, et. al, Criminal Laws: Materials and Commentary on Criminal Law and Process of New South Wales, (Federation Press, 6th ed, 2015).

Kenneth J Arenson, Mirko Bargaric, Peter Gillies, Australian Criminal Law in the Common Law Jurisdictions: Cases and Materials, (Oxford University Press, 3rd ed, 2011).

Robert Wilson, In a Nutshell Series: Criminal Law, (Thomsons Lawbook Co. 6th ed, 2008).

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