Everyday law made easy for Law Week 2014

What do musicians, comedians, the Westgate Bridge and ghost tours all have in common? They all feature in this year’s Law Week. Running from 12–18 May, Law Week lifts the veil on the legal system, with a festival of events, debates, information and entertainment.

'Law Week 2014 really does have something for everyone', said Joh Kirby, Executive Director at the Victoria Law Foundation.

With as much legal drama as Judge Judy, this seven-day program creates an environment for learning about the law in an easy way. People can rub shoulders with a judge, hear from experts on sentencing, family violence and other big issues or find legal answers at a range of info sessions, from copyright, to wills and estates.

'With over two million Victorians experiencing legal problems every year, Law Week is the perfect opportunity for people to get free information, or simply to find out how to get started. It makes the law less intimidating and opens the conversation', said Ms Kirby.

• Speed date a lawyer: 15 minutes with a lawyer for free legal advice.
• Murder mosaic: the who, the what and the how of a murder investigation.
• Courts Open Day: mingle with magistrates, take a guided tour, attend mock trials.
• Catastrophic collapse: a look back at the collapse of the West Gate Bridge.
• Pentridge prison ghost tours: visit the other side and get spooked along the way.
• St Kilda cemetery tour: learn about some of Melbourne’s most notorious identities.
• Happily together or happily apart: check your romance corner with a look at love, marriage and separation in the 21st century.
• One punch, a lifetime of consequences: discussing how one punch changes lives forever.
• Why prison? Why not: discussing sentencing, prison, juries and parole.

Drawing on the diverse talents across the sector, the program this year also has an artistic flavour, with live music performances by the Melbourne Lawyers Orchestra Peak Hour Trio, and an encore performance from The Melbourne International Comedy Festival act, The Law Revue. The GLBTI professional network Globe Melbourne will also present Fruits and Blend – The Gay Wedding, with a celebrant sharing their experiences and a candid look at the current laws relating to gay marriage.

'Law Week is about the community and getting them involved in a fun and informative way, while also learning more about their rights. It’s also a great chance to step into the court to see how it all works without the stress that usually involves this kind of visit', Ms Kirby said.

To find out what’s on go to: www.lawweek.net.au.

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