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monique66

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This is a resource with questions in it from past hsc papers, trials etc. To be prepared for the HSC we have to be able to answer any and every question that is thrown our way, so these should be good for practice.

If you have any questions which are not already here, please PM melsc with them and they will be added.


Past HSC Papers and Marking Guidelines can be found here:
http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/hsc_exams/index.html

Standards Packages can be found here:
http://arc.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/go/hsc/std-packs/

Online Multiple Choice Questions:
http://arc.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/go/hsc/mcq/

Thanks go to damnation and goan_crazy for submitting questions

Topics

Crime

2004 HSC

Crimes Old and New: A Day in the District Court
BY BRETT DARE, COURT REPORTER


In the first case of the day George was sentenced to 16 months gaol for stealing $300 from an elderly woman. The offence occurred on a busy street and the police were on the spot in less than a minute. George will be released in 2 months having already served
14 months in custody awaiting trial. At the end of this quick hearing George, who was unrepresented, made a confused and poorly prepared statement claiming that he needed the money to finance his alcohol addiction and to buy food. He claimed that his history of
mental illness made it very hard to find work. In a victim impact statement read out in court, the elderly woman told of her increased fear of leaving home and being in public places, which had affected her quality of life. In sentencing George, the judge commented that, based on the case of R v Grimes and evidence before the court, she could see no option but to gaol George.

In the second case lasting the rest of the day and after a year’s
intensive investigation by the police, Fred was found guilty under the new Computer Crimes Act 2003 of damaging the website of Big Bank. Fred hacked into the bank’s website and put in a computer virus. Fred’s lawyer told the court that Fred did not set out to steal and that he was part of an action group that believed that banks had too much power and needed to be taught a lesson. This matter became public when all the account details of Big Bank’s customers were shown on its website. The bank released a statement announcing that it would take legal action against Fred to recover the
$2 000 000 cost of fixing its website. Fred was never placed in custody and will soon start his 180 hours of community service. He is afraid that he will never be able to work in the computer industry again and will be ruined by Big Bank’s legal action to get its money back.


(a) Identify TWO sources of criminal law contained in this article. (2 marks)

(b) Identify and explain TWO factors that may have contributed to the criminal
behaviour reported in this article. (4 marks)

(c) Assess the role of discretion throughout the criminal processes faced by Fred
and George. (7 marks)

(d) Evaluate the effectiveness of the criminal legal system in dealing with the
tension between community interests and individual rights and freedoms. (12 marks)

2003 HSC

Toney rents a house in the outer city. Sam is 15 years old and lives in the same house. Police are contacted by a neighbour who suspects that Sam is being physically abused by Toney and is taking illegal drugs.

Acting on this report, the police visit the house and find a large quantity of blank credit cards, many machines used to copy videocassettes, large quantities of drugs which police suspect are destined for overseas markets, and many computers.

When examining the computers in an effort to locate their owners the police discover digital images involving child pornography on many of the computers, together with long lists of international addresses.

The police also learn that Toney is wanted by an overseas law enforcement authority in relation to drug offences.


(a) With reference to the above scenario, identify THREE types of crime. (3 marks)

(b) Describe TWO legal measures Australian authorities could use to deal with
international crimes identified in the scenario. (4 marks)

(c) With reference to Toney and/or Sam, assess the effectiveness of the legal system
in dealing with international crime. (8 marks)

(d) ‘Criminal penalties always reflect community standards and expectations.’
Evaluate this statement. (10 marks)


2002 HSC


Helen plans to rob a bank. She needs someone to drive a get-away car. Helen calls Tom and threatens that if he does not drive the car she will stop supplying him with illegal drugs.

On the day of the robbery Tom sits in the car while Helen walks into the bank armed with a stolen gun. After a short wait Tom sees Helen running towards the car. The bank security guard chases and shoots at Helen. Helen turns and fires, killing the guard.

In speeding away from the bank, Tom drives through two red traffic lights.


(a) Explain the difference between summary and indictable offences, illustrating
your answer with examples from the above scenario. (3 marks)

(b) Define the following three elements of a crime and, with reference to the above
scenario, provide an example of each element:
(i) mens rea; (2 marks)
(ii) actus reus; (2 marks)
(iii) causation. (2 marks)

(c) If you had to defend Helen and Tom in court, what possible defence(s) to the
charge of murder would you use for Helen, and what possible defence(s) would
you use for any charges faced by Tom. Justify the use of these defences. (7 marks)

(d) Discuss the purpose and effectiveness of possible punishments the judge could
consider before sentencing Helen and Tom. (9 marks)

2001 HSC

John and Sue have criminal records in NSW for using and trafficking in drugs. They decide to go overseas for a holiday. While they are overseas, the police in NSW charge John and Sue in relation to further drug offences. Warrants are issued for their arrest and extradition.

From the stimulus material above and your own knowledge, answer the following:

(a) Using the example of John and Sue, define the meaning of extradition AND
outline the role of extradition in dealing with international crime. (4 marks)

(b) John and Sue are charged with drug offences. Describe other types of crime.
(4 marks)

(c) Describe the criminal process that John and Sue might face from the time of
their arrest until the matter is concluded. (8 marks)

(d) Using the example of John and Sue, OR another example, explain how the law
addresses issues concerning the rights of victims, the accused and the
community in relation to crime. (4 marks)

Options

Consumers

2004 HSC


(a) In relation to consumers, evaluate the place of law in resolving conflict and
encouraging cooperation, including discussion of regulation of marketing and
advertising.
OR
(b) With reference to legal issues and remedies, evaluate the effectiveness of the law in protecting consumers, manufacturers and suppliers.

2003 HSC


(a) ‘Compliance with the law is necessary to achieve justice for all.’
Evaluate this statement in relation to issues of compliance and non-compliance
for consumers.
OR
(b) Evaluate the effectiveness of the law relating to consumers in achieving justice
for the individual and justice for society.

2002 HSC

(a) Outline the legal issues facing consumers, and evaluate the extent to which the remedies available to consumers achieve justice.
OR
(b) Outline the conditions that give rise to the need for law reform for consumers,
and discuss the role of agencies of reform in addressing the needs of consumers.

2001 HSC

(a) Evaluate the effectiveness of the legal system in responding to changing
community values in terms of achieving justice for consumers.
OR
(b) With reference to legal issues faced by consumers, discuss remedies and the difficulties in gaining access to these remedies.

Family

2004 HSC

(a) In relation to the family, evaluate the place of law in resolving conflict and encouraging cooperation, including discussion of the dissolution of marriage.
OR
(b) With reference to legal issues and remedies, evaluate the effectiveness of the law in responding to different family arrangements.

2003 HSC

(a) ‘Compliance with the law is necessary to achieve justice for all.’
Evaluate this statement in relation to issues of compliance and non-compliance for family members.
OR
(b) Evaluate the effectiveness of the law relating to the family in achieving justice for the individual and justice for society.

2002 HSC


(a) Outline the legal issues facing family members, and evaluate the extent to which the remedies available to family members achieve justice.
OR
(b) Outline the conditions that give rise to the need for law reform for family
members, and discuss the role of agencies of law reform in addressing the needs of family members.

2001 HSC

(a) Evaluate the effectiveness of the legal system in responding to changing
community values in terms of achieving justice for family members.
OR
(b) With reference to legal issues faced by family members, discuss remedies and the difficulties in gaining access to these remedies.

Global environment

2004 HSC

(a) In relation to the global environment, evaluate the place of law in resolving conflict and encouraging cooperation, including discussion of the
implementation of international agreements.
OR
(b) With reference to legal issues and remedies, evaluate the effectiveness of legal measures in protecting the global environment.

2003 HSC

(a) ‘Compliance with the law is necessary to achieve justice for all.’
Evaluate this statement in relation to issues of compliance and non-compliance in protecting the global environment.
OR
(b) Evaluate the effectiveness of the law relating to the global environment in
achieving justice for the individual, justice for society and justice for the
nation-state.

2002 HSC

(a) Outline the legal issues in relation to the global environment, and evaluate the extent to which the remedies available protect the global environment.
OR
(b) Outline the conditions that give rise to the need for law reform in protecting the global environment, and discuss the role of agencies of reform in addressing the protection of the global environment.

2001 HSC

(a) Evaluate the effectiveness of the legal system in responding to changing
community values in terms of protecting the global environment.
OR
(b) With reference to legal issues faced by nation states in relation to the global environment, discuss remedies and the difficulties in gaining access to these remedies.

Indigenous Peoples

2004 HSC

(a) In relation to indigenous peoples, evaluate the place of law in resolving conflict and encouraging cooperation, including discussion of the implementation of
international agreements.
OR
(b) With reference to legal issues and remedies, evaluate the effectiveness of legal measures in protecting the rights of indigenous peoples.

2003 HSC

(a) ‘Compliance with the law is necessary to achieve justice for all.’
Evaluate this statement in relation to issues of compliance and non-compliance for indigenous peoples.
OR
(b) Evaluate the effectiveness of the law relating to indigenous peoples in achieving justice for the individual, justice for society and justice for the nation-state.

2002 HSC

(a) Outline the legal issues facing indigenous peoples, and evaluate the extent to which the remedies available to indigenous peoples achieve justice.
OR
(b) Outline the conditions that give rise to the need for law reform for indigenous peoples, and discuss the role of agencies of law reform in addressing the needs of indigenous peoples.

2001 HSC


(a) Evaluate the effectiveness of the legal system in responding to changing
community values in terms of achieving justice for indigenous peoples.
OR
(b) With reference to legal issues faced by indigenous peoples, discuss remedies and the difficulties in gaining access to these remedies.

Shelter

2004 HSC

(a) In relation to shelter, evaluate the place of law in resolving conflict and
encouraging cooperation, including discussion of the rights and obligations of
landlords and tenants.
OR
(b) With reference to legal issues and remedies, evaluate the effectiveness of the legal system in resolving disputes relating to housing.

2003 HSC

(a) ‘Compliance with the law is necessary to achieve justice for all.’
Evaluate this statement in relation to issues of compliance and non-compliance in securing shelter.
OR
(b) Evaluate the effectiveness of the law relating to shelter in achieving justice for the individual and justice for society.

2002 HSC

(a) Outline the legal issues in securing shelter, and evaluate the extent to which the remedies available achieve security of shelter.
OR
(b) Outline the conditions that give rise to the need for law reform in securing
shelter, and discuss the role of agencies of reform in addressing the need for
securing shelter.

2001 HSC

(a) Evaluate the effectiveness of the legal system in responding to changing
community values in terms of securing shelter for individuals.
OR
(b) With reference to legal issues faced by individuals seeking to secure shelter, discuss remedies and the difficulties in gaining access to these remedies.

Technological change

2004 HSC

(a) In relation to technological change, evaluate the place of law in resolving
conflict and encouraging cooperation, including discussion of the
implementation of international agreements.
OR
(b) With reference to legal issues and remedies, evaluate the effectiveness of the law in keeping pace with technological change.

2003 HSC

(a) ‘Compliance with the law is necessary to achieve justice for all.’
Evaluate this statement in relation to issues of compliance and non-compliance applying to technological change.
OR
(b) Evaluate the effectiveness of the law relating to technological change in
achieving justice for the individual, justice for society and justice for the
nation-state.

2002 HSC

(a) Outline the legal issues in relation to technological change, and evaluate the extent to which the remedies available have kept pace with technological change.
OR
(b) Outline the conditions that give rise to the need for law reform in the area of technological change, and discuss the role of agencies of reform in addressing the many aspects of life transformed by technological change.

2001 HSC

(a) Evaluate the effectiveness of the legal system in responding to the ways in which technology has changed many aspects of life.
OR
(b) With reference to legal issues faced by nation states in relation to technological change, discuss remedies and the difficulties in gaining access to these remedies.

Workplace

2004 HSC

(a) In relation to the workplace, evaluate the place of law in resolving conflict and encouraging cooperation, including discussion of negotiations between
employers and employees.
OR
(b) With reference to legal issues and remedies, evaluate the effectiveness of
legislation in responding to the changing needs of employers and employees.

2003 HSC

(a) ‘Compliance with the law is necessary to achieve justice for all.’
Evaluate this statement in relation to issues of compliance and non-compliance in the workplace.
OR
(b) Evaluate the effectiveness of the law relating to the workplace in achieving justice for the individual and justice for society.

2002 HSC


(a) Outline the legal issues that arise in the workplace, and evaluate the extent to which the remedies available respond to the needs of employers and employees.
OR
(b) Outline the conditions that give rise to the need for law reform in the workplace, and discuss the role of agencies of reform in addressing the needs of employers and employees.

2001 HSC

(a) Evaluate the effectiveness of the legal system in responding to changing
community values in terms of achieving justice for individuals in the workplace.
OR
(b) With reference to legal issues faced by individuals in the workplace, discuss remedies and the difficulties in gaining access to these remedies.

World Order

2004 HSC

(a) In relation to world order, evaluate the place of law in resolving conflict and encouraging cooperation, including discussion of the implementation of
international agreements.
OR
(b) With reference to legal issues and remedies, evaluate the effectiveness of legal measures for the peaceful settlement of international disputes.

2003 HSC


(a) ‘Compliance with the law is necessary to achieve justice for all.’
Evaluate this statement in relation to issues of compliance and non-compliance applying to world order.
OR
(b) Evaluate the effectiveness of the law relating to world order in achieving justice for the individual, justice for society and justice for the nation-state.

2002 HSC


(a) Outline the legal issues in relation to world order, and evaluate the extent to which the remedies available achieve world order.
OR
(b) Outline the conditions that give rise to the need for law reform in world order, and discuss the role of agencies of reform in achieving world order.

2001 HSC

(a) Evaluate the effectiveness of the legal system in responding to changing
community values in terms of achieving justice in world order.
OR
(b) With reference to legal issues faced by nation states in relation to world order, discuss remedies and the difficulties in gaining access to these remedies.
 
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guys take my advice DO NOT and i repeat DO NOT prepare hsc responses for the legal studies options!!!!!! the best thing is to do is practice heaps of exams and then get your teacher to mark them because what happens is that if you take in a prepared essay you find that you have such a narrow base on the topic and hence, limits your chances of what you could be required to do in the exam. I know the majority of the time the board of studies takes from legal issues and remedies and effectiveness of the law, but dont you think it would be better even you could apply your knowledge from basic legal concepts and have an advantage over other people sitting the exam.
 

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global 2004 hsc exam answer

Hey guys, i was wondering if anyone, anyone at all has the 2004 section 3, 20(a) answer...if you do please, please email it or post it up asap for me...i really need that section!!! Thanks
 

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= Jennifer = said:
guys take my advice DO NOT and i repeat DO NOT prepare hsc responses for the legal studies options!!!!!! the best thing is to do is practice heaps of exams and then get your teacher to mark them because what happens is that if you take in a prepared essay you find that you have such a narrow base on the topic and hence, limits your chances of what you could be required to do in the exam. I know the majority of the time the board of studies takes from legal issues and remedies and effectiveness of the law, but dont you think it would be better even you could apply your knowledge from basic legal concepts and have an advantage over other people sitting the exam.

Thats pretty funny u say that, . A friend of mine achieved 95% in legal last year, being a state topper... she said always prepare essay question as everything adapts so beatufully to any questions. :s Maybe like she ment have a huge essay covering most important aspects, n then pick what u wanna write in essay in the exam
 

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^^^^^^ it really all depends upon the person. But think about it. Will you be able to remember TWO different essays, and be able to differentiate between the information from the first and second, then adjust it to the question within a serious time? if not, then i really wouldn't bother... remember, you do also have other questions, answers and facts you have to remember...



Im so stuffed for my tommorow Legal... and ive been studying for the last week straight
 

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hey im a avergae legal student,,,,,,and im having problems with remembering te acts and the cases to use in the essays nad stuff.........any site where i can these case or acts summarys?
 

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Helen plans to rob a bank. She needs someone to drive a get-away car. Helen calls Tom and threatens that if he does not drive the car she will stop supplying him with illegal drugs.

On the day of the robbery Tom sits in the car while Helen walks into the bank armed with a stolen gun. After a short wait Tom sees Helen running towards the car. The bank security guard chases and shoots at Helen. Helen turns and fires, killing the guard.

In speeding away from the bank, Tom drives through two red traffic lights.

(a) Explain the difference between summary and indictable offences, illustrating
your answer with examples from the above scenario. (3 marks)

(b) Define the following three elements of a crime and, with reference to the above
scenario, provide an example of each element:
(i) mens rea; (2 marks)
(ii) actus reus; (2 marks)
(iii) causation. (2 marks)

(c) If you had to defend Helen and Tom in court, what possible defence(s) to the
charge of murder would you use for Helen, and what possible defence(s) would
you use for any charges faced by Tom. Justify the use of these defences. (7 marks)

(d) Discuss the purpose and effectiveness of possible punishments the judge could
consider before sentencing Helen and Tom. (9 marks)





if anyone has a suitable answer for this question could you please let me know, i need it asap for an assesment task?
 

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shit.......the only one i found easy for crime was the 2002 paper...all the other just talk shit. I better go study >_>
 
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Helen plans to rob a bank. She needs someone to drive a get-away car. Helen calls Tom and threatens that if he does not drive the car she will stop supplying him with illegal drugs.

On the day of the robbery Tom sits in the car while Helen walks into the bank armed with a stolen gun. After a short wait Tom sees Helen running towards the car. The bank security guard chases and shoots at Helen. Helen turns and fires, killing the guard.

In speeding away from the bank, Tom drives through two red traffic lights.

(a) Explain the difference between summary and indictable offences, illustrating
your answer with examples from the above scenario. (3 marks)

(b) Define the following three elements of a crime and, with reference to the above
scenario, provide an example of each element:
(i) mens rea; (2 marks)
(ii) actus reus; (2 marks)
(iii) causation. (2 marks)

(c) If you had to defend Helen and Tom in court, what possible defence(s) to the
charge of murder would you use for Helen, and what possible defence(s) would
you use for any charges faced by Tom. Justify the use of these defences. (7 marks)

(d) Discuss the purpose and effectiveness of possible punishments the judge could
consider before sentencing Helen and Tom. (9 marks)





if anyone has a suitable answer for this question could you please let me know, i need it asap for an assesment task?

There is past answers for these if you still want it.

It's in this link here:
Sample HSC Papers : Legal Studies
There is a range of Band 1 to 6 anwsers.
 

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How much time should be given for each section?
I generally finish the multiple choice and short answers quickly (in 20-30 minutes). Crime takes me about 30-40 minutes and then I try to divide my time equally between the two options.
 

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