Study Guide

The Trial would be suitable for middle, senior and tertiary students of Legal Studies, Civics and Citizenship, Values Education, Politics and Society and English. It poses important
questions about how our legal system deals with people believed to be a threat to our way of life. It also provides a fascinating glimpse into the complex working world of the
legal profession.
We are asked to consider what the difference is between talking about the idea of planning a criminal act and committing such an act – can ‘thought and speech’ constitute
criminal behaviour as opposed to committing or actually planning a criminal act?)
The program investigates what the anti-terrorism laws may lead to in relation to how accused people are treated while awaiting trial. This trial raises important questions about
rights and responsibilities for all citizens in a post 9/11 world where governments are understandably determined to prevent terrorist attacks before they occur.

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