Law Week offers free legal information online

Get free legal information more easily than ever thanks to Law Week’s first online festival. Take part from home between 18 and 24 May 2020.

Law Week is designed to help people understand the law, and how it impacts their lives. This year marks its 40th anniversary.

Ordinarily, law firms, community legal centres and other groups host face-to-face events in Melbourne and across Victoria. Due to COVID-19, this year’s program will be delivered entirely online, through virtual information sessions, interviews, phone consultations, webinars and more.

There’s something for everyone, including information about artificial intelligence, wills, and how to officially change your gender, as well as an online art exhibition. You’ll even get the opportunity to sentence someone as part of the ‘You Be the Judge’ event. To view the full program, visit Law Week.

Lynne Haultain is Executive Director of the Victoria Law Foundation, which runs Law Week.

‘In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe that, now more than ever, people need access to vital information about their legal rights and responsibilities, and that is what Law Week provides,’ Lynne said.

As well as moving all Law Week events online this year, the Victoria Law Foundation will also launch its first Law Week ‘Law and You’ online interview series, in which Lynne will interview experts about legal issues arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Tenants are at risk of being evicted. There are fears of increases in domestic violence. There are issues for both employers and employees and so much more to address, and we are grateful to the many legal and other experts who made themselves available for interview as part of Law Week,’ Lynne said.

We have supported Law Week through our annual Event Partnership Program for eight years.

The program supports free and accessible events that create memorable, engaging and innovative experiences for locals and visitors in the City of Melbourne municipality.

Fast fact
Melbourne hosts more than 8000 festivals, exhibitions and events every year.

Apply for Event Partnership Program funding
We are now accepting applications from event organisers seeking in-kind or financial support for community or major events planned for 2021, once COVID-19 related restrictions have lifted.

Applications for Events Partnership Program funding close on 1 June.

Councillor Kevin Louey, Chair of the Prosperous City portfolio, said we are working with our partners and the community to present a diverse and colourful calendar of events across the city next year.

‘Each year, events supported by this program attract approximately 3.45 million people to the city and deliver an economic impact of $618 million to Melbourne. They play vital role in our economy,’ Cr Louey said.

‘We are helping event partners to prepare for a bright future once restrictions have lifted.’

For more information, visit Event Partnership Program.