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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Attorney-General joins in Law Week fundraiser

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    Attorney-General joins in Law Week fundraiser

    The Palaszczuk Government is committed to increasing public awareness of the justice system and has today, as part of National Law Week (15-21 May), acknowledged the important role the law plays in Queensland.

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said Law Week was held every year across Australia and aims to educate the community about the various elements of the legal system.

    “Law Week is about increasing public awareness about the justice system, which includes areas such a criminal and civil law, courts, fair trading, liquor and gaming, and corrective services.

    “It is also an opportunity to reflect on the role that law plays in our everyday lives.

    “The law is the backbone of our society – it is there to protect the community from harm, settle disputes and ensure the common good.”

    Mrs D’Ath also said Law Week was a time to reflect on our rights and responsibilities, and the way we can improve access to justice in our own communities.

    “Today’s Queensland Legal Walk in Brisbane helped fundraise for LawRight, which is a legal centre that helps disadvantaged Queenslanders get access to justice.

    “Many people in the legal profession volunteer their time and professional skills to help vulnerable people in our community get access to the legal services they need, and it is vital they are recognised during this important week.”

    Walks were also held in Cairns, the Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Townsville.

    Mrs D’Ath said Law Week was also a great time for the community to learn more about the profession and the role of judiciary.

    “We also know how important it is that the justice system meets the community’s expectations,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “As part of our commitment to increasing public awareness of sentencing procedures and the administration of justice, the Palaszczuk Government reconstituted the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council.

    “The Sentencing Advisory Council gives Queenslanders a greater voice and promotes public education on sentencing matters.”

    Mrs D’Ath also said Law Week was the ideal opportunity for law students to gain an insight into the legal world.

    “This year, school and tertiary law students had the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes within the Department of Justice and Attorney-General to experience various aspects of the justice system as part of Law Week.

    “Placements ranged from a student attending a lotto draw with a regulation officer from the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation, while other students worked in the courts.”

    Placements were undertaken in Brisbane, Burleigh Heads, Cairns, Cleveland, Gold Coast, Logan, Mackay, Rockhampton and Townsville.

    Stories about these placements can be viewed at www.lawweek.qld.gov.au

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