Law Week is an annual national festival all about creating greater access to justice for Australians. This year, it runs 17-23 May.
Community events and activities will be held all across the country, designed to help you understand your rights, the law, the legal system and the legal profession. Courts, community legal centres, law firms, solicitors, barristers, police, community services, education institutions and libraries are all involved.
“Law Week seeks to break down barriers by promoting knowledge, understanding and community awareness about legal rights, responsibilities, the law, legal systems, the legal profession and those who enforce the law,” Legal Aid NSW community education legal branch manager Jessica McLaren told The Armidale Express.
“Ultimately, It’s about demystifying the law by empowering people.”
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Key Law Week events around Australia
Public libraries around NSW are hosting free, one-hour workshops focusing on two key topics: “Your neighbours and the law” and “Your money and the law”.
There will also be a range of webinars, podcasts and talks on other legal topics during NSW Law Week 2021 at various participating locations and platforms.
Free legal information and advice from lawyers at local libraries and various community hubs, such as the State Library of Victoria forecourt.
Online talks will cover aged care, bushfire-related issues, COVID-19 related issues, cyber-bullying, debts and fines, employment law, including workers’ rights, family violence, immigration, neighbourhood disputes, property issues, scams, small business issues, youth law, wills and future planning.
Free events include Bring Your Bills Day (Ballarat); advice with a bushfire lawyer in Corryong Neighbourhood Centre, Upper Murray Community Recovery Hub; LGBTIQ family violence legal clinic for regional Victoria and LGBTIQ family violence consultations for community workers; and legal advice about fines and infringements (Cobram). Interpreter services are available.
Among similar events around the state, community legal service LawRight will host the 11th annual Queensland Legal Walk on 18 May.
The Queensland Legal Walk invites communities to walk together and raise money to ensure all Queenslanders have access to the legal system.
Law Week is the Western Australian legal profession’s annual celebration of law and justice in the community.
This year, the Law Society showcases a dynamic programme of more than 30 events to inspire, inform and bring people together.
The Law Society of South Australia won’t be doing anything special for Law Week.
“The SA Law Society considers it an inefficient use of resources to focus its community engagement activities on one week per year,” the Society told Lawyers Weekly.
Law Week in the ACT offers a vibrant program which this year raises money for Raw Potential Canberra, a charity empowering disadvantaged youth by providing non-judgmental support and opportunities for a bright future.
To celebrate the start of Law Week 2021, Northern Territory Young Lawyers (NTYL) is excited to be hosting the annual Great Debate between Junior vs Senior Lawyers.
There’s also the tug-of-law competition, where teams of six NT lawyers will compete for a coveted trophy, held in Raintree Park, Darwin.
As with South Australia, Tasmania will not be participating in the national awareness-raising week about available legal services.
President Will Justo told Lawyers Weekly his Society also tries to spread out its advocacy over the course of the year, rather than “consolidating” into one week only.
Law Week 2021: Across Australia
For further details, contact the Law Society in your state:
- Queensland: qls.com.au – 1300 367 757
- Western Australia: lawsocietywa.asn.au – 08 93248600
- ACT: actlawsociety.asn.au – 02 6274 0300
- Northern Territory: lawsocietynt.asn.au – 08 8981 5104
- New South Wales: lawsociety.com.au – 02 9926 0333
- Victoria: victorialawfoundation.org.au – 03 9604 8100
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