There’s no better way for the public to explore the law than to get involved in Law Week, which runs from 16–22 May 2016 right across Victoria.
With free legal health checks, music performances, tours, mock trials and debates, the 37th annual Law Week festival offers something for everyone.
‘Law Week is a great opportunity for all Victorians to find out more about the law, the legal profession and how the legal system works. The law is something that affects all of us so it’s important that we make it more accessible, particularly for those who may have a need for legal help but do not know where to start,’ said Joh Kirby, Executive Director of Victoria Law Foundation, which organises the annual Law Week festival.
Law Week offers informative and entertaining ways for people to find out more about the law through a variety of exciting events, most of which are free. This year’s program has something for everyone – from mock trials and court tours to panel discussions and information sessions on a range of legal topics.
The Federal Court of Australia is joining the festival for the first time, providing participants with the opportunity to walk through their impressive building and see what happens there on a day-to-day basis. Then, at the end of the event, participants can finish off the week with the Angela Taylor Memorial Run/Walk at Albert Park.
Highlights in Melbourne City
• Festival hub at Federation Square: the place to find out what’s on during Law Week.
• Courts Open Day: mock trials, behind-the-scenes tours, information sessions and exhibitions (free).
• Courts, media and public opinion – who's leading who: a panel of experts discuss the current relationship between the courts, media and community (free).
• How to arrest a ship: an insight into the process involved in arresting a ship (free).
• Inaugural Law Week quiz night: a fun and informative evening that tests your legal knowledge ($10 plus optional $15 dinner box).
Highlights in the regions
• Geelong Gaol Ghost Tours: be guided by lantern light through Geelong Gaol with tales of crime, punishment and ghosts ($30 adult, $25 concession, $20 children 16 and under).
• Courthouse tours in Ballarat, Warrnambool and Hamilton: take a guided tour through these court buildings (free).
• The Court Session @ Dunolly: Gideon Haigh talks about his latest book, Certain admissions, which is about a notorious 1949 Melbourne murder trial, followed by afternoon tea and a glass of wine ($15).
• Talking Justice 2016: A series of talks in Bendigo that promote understanding, discussion and debate of justice issues – weekend pass $40 (full); $15 (concession); Session 5, Sat pm $40 (full) $25 (concession).
To see the full program of events, go to: www.lawweek.net.au