Tradition and Change in Australian Law, 4E, imparts a thorough understanding of the institutions and systems of Australian law by revisiting their origins. It features a detailed explanation of the Australian legal system, past and present, covering the origins of the Western legal tradition, the importance of English history in shaping Australian law and the path from colonisation to independence. This popular text deals not only with the contemporary court system, judicial reasoning and statutory interpretation, but also examines, in the final chapter, the challenges for the future, given that traditions offer the framework for evolutionary change. The fourth edition of Tradition and Change in Australian Law, which has been thoroughly revised and updated, provides an excellent foundation for students beginning the study of law. Its approachable style also makes it useful for the general reader who wants to gain an understanding of Australian law, past, present and future.