Is law reform necessary?
Without law reform the law would struggle to uphold relevance and obtain high compliance leaving a society in a state of anarchy. The key role of law reform is to reflect the social values of a community this includes new concepts of justice, changing social values and adopting changes of new technology. Youth Justice Conferences is a law reform crucial in society as without it youth offenders would almost indefinitely become criminal offenders a second time and the state would be to blame for leading children to continue down a criminal path. The introduction of Youth Justice Conferences gives offenders the opportunity to grow from their mistakes and see things from someone elses perspective weather that’s through community service, getting a part time job or simply seeing the direct affect of his actions on the victim. Youth Justice Conferences save people from the severity of the court system and allows them a second chance. The effectiveness of the law reform in Youth Justice Conferences is seen in the video of a young boy named Joe and other youth offenders to rehabilitate them and to keep them away from the court system and from getting a criminal record. This showed the positive outcome of what law reform could do. Without law reform a society starts pressuring the law and creating rallies and protests. The Marriage Act 1961 (Cth) has a significant standpoint in society today, as same sex marriage is not permitted in Australia. This is largely in contribution to religious traditions however, ‘ the definition’ relating to The Marriage Act 1961 (Cth) which is ‘the idea of what constitutes a family’ no longer reflects social values of a significant number of Australians. Law reform is necessary in this instance as it has the power to stop people from resulting to violence. This is evident in figure 4.2 on page 79 of Cambridge legal studies text book as it shows a protest in Australia due to the lack of law reform relating to...
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