Message from the Lord Mayor of Melbourne

The City of Melbourne is pleased to support Law Week 2020, the largest community legal event in Victoria.

The very first Law Week was held in 1980 to demystify the legal system and make learning about the law accessible to all.

Key information about the law and the legal system can often seem difficult to access and understand.

For many in our community – young people, Indigenous Australians, those who are newly-arrived here, and even the elderly; the law can feel overwhelming.

It can seem a challenging concept to comprehend, rather than a system that is accessible to everyone and available to us to help solve issues we face in our daily lives.

That’s why Law Week is such a wonderful inclusion on our events calendar each year – an entire week dedicated to educating our community to find its way through the legal system.

This year to mark the 40th anniversary of Law Week the Victorian Law Foundation invites you to go online to find the answers to your questions about our legal system.

With webinars, information sessions, interviews, legal advice, phone consultations and plenty more, Law Week online makes learning about the law easy for all Victorians.

As a law graduate myself, I know how interesting the inner workings of the law can be and this week-long event is a terrific way to make vital legal information interesting and accessible to all.

The City of Melbourne is a long-running and proud sponsor of Law Week and I congratulate the Victoria Law Foundation on delivering this year’s program remotely.

A series of virtual events will cover emerging legal issues and increased legal needs facing the community, due to the impact of COVID-19. These will help Victorians understand their rights and the support available to them at this time.

I encourage all Victorians to delve in and find out more about a system that can have such a big impact on our everyday lives.

Sally Capp

Lord Mayor