Course Title: Innovative Justice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Innovative Justice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019


Open Learning Australia

Non Award

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence


Course Coordinator: Bronwyn Naylor

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1297

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Introduction to Australian Legal System and Legal Method LAW 1019

Course Description

New ways of approaching traditional legal problems are being introduced into Australian civil and criminal justice system. These new methods are underpinned by theories of procedural justice, restorative justice, therapeutic jurisprudence and the availability of new technology. New strategies to address access to justice, appropriate dispute resolution and the rise of self-represented litigants are also emerging. An understanding of the development of legal policy and the role policy can play in law reform is valuable when considering innovation in the justice system. Additionally, ethical dilemmas relating to innovation are important for future legal practitioners to consider. This course will explore the ways innovations are developed in the Australian Justice System and assist you to critically engage with policy development and ethical concerns that may arise when developing innovative solutions.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development




On successful completion of this course you will be able to:



CLO1: Critically evaluate aspects of the Australian Justice System and suggest innovative solutions to assist court and community users.  


CLO2:  Critique theories relevant to legal innovation and reform.


CLO3.  Demonstrate skills in developing legal policy through exploration of innovations within the Australian Justice System.


CLO4: Reflect on ethical dilemmas that may arise in innovative legal reforms.


CLO5: Show effective, appropriate and persuasive collaboration and communication skills for legal and non-legal audiences when engaging with a policy simulation.

Map each CLO against one or more PLOs:































Please note: Not all PLOs are achieved in a single course.


The PLOs are:

1.      Apply an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in professional practice

2.      Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions.

3.      Identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.

4.      Practice law in a variety of fields, industry sectors and locations demonstrating communication and collaboration skills, advanced and integrated ethical decision making and self-management in a professional context.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage in a series of workshops developing research, presentation and teamwork skills. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT Library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 

Overview of Assessment

There are three assessment tasks:

Assessment Task

Weighting (%)

Linked CLOs

Task 1


1, 2, 3, 5

Task 2


1, 2, 4, 5

Task 3


1, 3, 4