Course Title: Administer court legislation

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: JUST5182C

Course Title: Administer court legislation

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4240 - Certificate IV in Government (Court Services)

Course Contact : Lauren Weaver

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4622

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 20

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

No pre-requisite is required for this unit of competency, however this unit is part of an Industry based program, offered to trainee Court Registrars.

Course Description

This course covers the ability to implement and administer legislation in a court, tribunal and justice workplace. In practice, this is the workplace primarily responsible for the administration and enforcement of legislation pursuant to technical statutory rules, protocols and procedures. Students are to apply legislation to the conduct of court activities in different jurisdictions, ensuring that changes to legislation are applied within required timeframes. They must be able to understand  and communicate legislative information within the limits of their own legal responsibility.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPCRT414A Administer court legislation


1. Access and identify applicable legal framework

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Identify applicable jurisdiction and access current legislation, regulations, organisational procedures, standards and codes of practice in both hard and soft formats.
1.2. Monitor sources of information for changes to the legal framework.
1.3. Apply common rules of statutory interpretation to legislation and regulations.
1.4. Interpret delegated legislation consistently with enabling Act.


2. Apply knowledge of legal framework to the workplace

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Determine legal accountability obligations from legislation, regulations, organisational procedures, standards and codes of practice.
2.2. Identify consequences of non-compliance with legislation, regulations, organisational procedures, standards and codes of practice.
2.3. Recognise limits of own expertise and legal accountability obligations, and access appropriate sources of expertise as required.
2.4. Ensure that work is undertaken in a legally compliant manner.


3. Communicate knowledge of legal framework

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Clearly outline legal limits of own responsibility before any information is provided.
3.2. Clearly explain source of legislative authority for decision making to a range of both internal and external clients.
3.3. Use appropriate legal terminology in both written and oral communication with both internal and external clients.
3.4. Ensure questions relating to legal terminology can be answered and terms are defined.
3.5. Provide information to others on the legal accountability obligations arising from legislation, regulations, organisational procedures, standards and codes of practice.
3.6. Provide information to others on the consequences of non-compliance with legislation, regulations, organisational procedures, standards and codes of practice.

Learning Outcomes

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Details of Learning Activities

This unit looks at legislation, practices and procedures related to the roles that court personnel and registrars perform in the course of their duties. These functions may range from in-court duties to providing registry services as well as the development and implementation of new procedures and practices in line with legislative changes or constraints.

This unit covers the ability to implement and administer legislation in both a court and tribunal setting. Courts and tribunals bear the primary responsibility for the administration and enforcement of legislation pursuant to technical statutory rules, protocols and procedures.

Teaching Schedule

Two days in the intensive training program centre on Legislation and it’s application in a Court and Tribunal setting.  Students are given an overview of relevant legislation as it pertains to the role of registrar, explore the variety of resources available to them and take part in on-line activities and workshopping to become familiar with using and interpreting legislation, and the applicable internet software as used by the Courts and Tribunals Unit..  A large element of assessment is related to understanding and applying procedural advice, as opposed to legal advice.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

All learning resources for this unit are located on the Blackboard system.
Students are also requested to utlise the preferred local database for locating updated legislation in relation to the role and ongoing learning and development.

Overview of Assessment

Assessments will incorporate a variety of methods including one or more of the following: written test, open book exam, case studies, class presentation, group project, role play scenarios, practical demonstrations, observations, reports, quizzes, and fieldwork assignments.

Assessment Tasks

Students are required to submit three assessment tasks, which focus on the interpretation and application of legislation as it applies to the various jurisdictions.  These tasks require students to analyse and interpret legislation, as well as demonstrate how they would maintain the boundaries in relation to strictly providing procedural advice, and not erring into the area of legal advice.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment for the Certificate IV in Government (Court) Services program falls under Table 1.2 b - Nationally Recognised Training Package qualifications and State accredited courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment.

Competency Achieved
Used where competency-based assessment applies

Not Yet Competent
Used where competency-based assessment applies – This is always a Final Grade

Did Not Submit for Assessment.

This grade is only to be used where a student enrols in a course and does not withdraw and does not participate in assessment, regardless of whether the student is of ‘confirmed’ status or not.

All written work must adhere to the following criteria:

1. Written reports, research projects or essays are to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and familiarity with the prescribed or negotiated topics

2. It is expected that all submitted work will be well written, with clear and consistent grammar, expression and punctuation. It must be well structured and cogently address the issues raised in the chosen topic in a logical, ordered and organised manner

3. The concepts must be well defined and demonstrate a critical analysis of the chosen topic

4. Written submissions must demonstrate appropriate preparation, reading and research

5. Double or 1.5 spacing and a font size of 10-12 must be used in font style Aerial or Times New Roman.

Other Information

Extensions will not be granted by teachers or Administrative staff.
In accordance with RMIT policy, students may apply for an extension where there have been unexpected or extenuating circumstances, e.g.

a) Hospital admission, serious injury, severe asthma, severe anxiety or depression. This does not include minor illness such as a cold, period pain or hay fever.

b) Loss or bereavement – e.g. death of a close family member, family/relationship breakdown.

c) Hardship/trauma – e.g. victim of crime, sudden loss of income or employment, severe disruption to domestic arrangements.
Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Program Coordinator/ Program Manager. The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.
Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.
Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or graded.
Students must keep a copy of their paper until the graded essay has been returned or marks have been posted.


Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing as though it is one’s own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited.
You must acknowledge the use of another person’s work or ideas. If texts or ideas are reproduced they are to be clearly acknowledged in one of the conventional ways, such as by use of quotation marks, indentation for longer passages and clear citation of the source. Failure to separate one’s own contribution from that of another constitutes plagiarism, which may result in course failure to University expulsion.


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