On Thursday 15 August, the Year 11 Legal Studies students visited the High Court of Australia.
Students participated in an engaging tour of the court and the Australian Constitutional Centre. The boys gained an appreciation for the role of the court, as the highest court in Australia, in interpreting and protecting Australia’s constitution. The excursion allowed students to better understand how the Court interprets and applies the law of Australia; to decide cases of federal significance, including challenges to the constitutional validity of laws and to hear appeals. It was also an opportunity to learn about the impressive career of Marist old boy and graduate of St Mary’s Cathedral High School, Sir Edward McTiernan KBE, who is the longest serving High Court Justice to date.
The Year 11 Legal Studies left the court with a greater respect for the rule of law in Australia.