Law Week events open the legal system to the public

Every year the legal profession runs Law Week, a series of events to engage with the community to share information and demystify the workings of the law. This year, it begins on 11 May. Some of these events are particularly useful for students, and most are free (but booking is advisable as places may be limited). Some highlights include opportunities to see how legal institutions work: the Sentencing Advisory Council will run a mock sentencing hearing, the Fair Work Commission will run a mock employment law hearing, and the Juries Commissioner’s Office will take you behind the scenes of jury selection. The Supreme, County and Magistrates’ Courts are holding an Open Day including behind the scenes tours and mock hearings. There will also be some interesting panel discussions, including experts on the media and the community’s role in violence against women, and police, lawyers and DNA experts discussing real cases in a panel on How to Get Away with Murder.