In the course of our work at the Institute we frequently come across  interesting sources of information about legal issues that are helpful for teachers and students studying Legal subjects – this November  2017 update includes Apps and Podcasts:


Courts

  • The High Court Audiovisual Feed has a range of proceedings that are recorded, and usually uploaded a day or two after the hearing has occurred. Many of the cases on the Current Cases page also have recordings of hearings. Transcripts are available on Austli
  • The NSW Supreme Court Twitter feed helps in obtaining links to new judgments and information form the court, also see NSW Case Law for the full judgments and to search for cases in other NSW Courts
  • The NSW Supreme Court has an App for the court building and it is great to download prior to a court visit excursion – iTunes App
  • The Victorian Courts have an App ‘The Daily List’ that assists in planning visits to the courts
  • The Search NSW Courts App allows you to interrogate the court lists for all courts and jurisdictions in NSW –  iTunes App – Android App 
  • The Queensland Supreme Court Legal Updater is a weekly newsletter giving an overview of key cases, legislation and literature in that week, and also links to interesting articles and books about a range of topics that are often relevant to legal studies.

Legal Blogs and Newsletters

  • Timebase sends out a daily newsletter outlining key legislative change in an easy to read blog format
  • Opinions on High in the Melbourne University Law Schools blog on the High Court . It ranges from in depth academic analysis of High Court decisions along with case notes on each case being heard by the High Court.
  • Kate Galloway is a  Senior Lecturer at James Cook University and blogs about contemporary legal issues in Queensland and nationally
  • The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law has a comprehensive blog that covers national and international human rights issues and case law
  • Sydney Criminal Lawyers have a very good blog that covers case law, key legal issues both local and international and also legal concepts
  • Bucket Orange is an online legal magazine for young people – it has an excellent legal glossary and articles on key legal issues
  • The Conversation has a variety of threads of articles on legal matters both domestically and internationally. It’s articles are very accessible for students and can be a good starting point for class discussion
  • In Obiter is a legal blog by Liam Elphick of the University of Western Australia Law School and has a focus on civil law

Media

  • Don Wimble is a Legal Studies teacher who makes outstanding videos on key syllabus dot point, subscribe to his YouTube channel here
  • The Castan Centre has a very useful series of videos on Human rights entitled ‘Have you got that Right’
  • Legal Briefs is a series of videos that examines key areas of law, the videos are accompanied by a Curriculum guide and feature prominent judges, lawyers and legal academics
  • Just Cases Podcast is an Australian podcast explores “real cases that have changed the way we live our lives and telling the untold stories of those caught in the crossfire”
  • The ABC Radio National Law Report on their website and as a podcast, it discusses topical legal  and social justice issues every week
  • Prima Facie is an engaging Victorian based podcast about key legal issues both national and Victorian in focus
  • Hearsay is an Australian legal podcast aimed at legal students and the community.
  • The Constitutional is a new podcast from ANU Law School, the examine topics from access to justice to constitutional law

International

  • Trump Con Law is an American podcast that examines Constitutional Law from an American contest
  • Justice – from Harvard University is an iTunes U course that discusses  justice, equality, democracy, and citizenship
  • Medium is a blog platform that allows for publication of a range of articles from global authors – the ‘law’ tag can be a useful place to start to get a range of perspectives on various legal issues – for posts on Australia law read ‘wholesome normie’.
  • More Perfect is a podcast that examines the decisions of the US Supreme Court and there effects on ordinary people