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Law Takes Centre Stage 

Issued: Tuesday, 11 May 2015

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NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton today welcomed the start of National Law Week which is an opportunity for everyone to learn more about how the law impacts on their life. 

"The law affects everyone from cradle to grave and by getting involved in events this week people can learn more about it and increase their confidence in the legal system," Ms Upton said. 

The theme of Law Week is 'Law and Justice in Your Community'. The aim is to build awareness within the community about how to access legal services and advice in NSW.

Law Week community events include sessions on preparing a Will, a Family Law Expo and discussions about domestic violence.

There are also events for school aged students including a mock trial and a sleuthing competition where children from NSW and interstate attempt to solve a fictional crime about a high speed car crash.

Lawyers and law students will get the chance to showcase their humour and advocacy skills at the NSW Young Lawyers' Golden Gavel public speaking competition at the Westin Ballroom, Sydney on Friday, 15 May.

Members of the legal profession will lead the annual Walk for Justice from Hyde Park to the Domain on Tuesday, 12 May.  The event, organised by Justice Connect, promotes pro bono legal work and improving access to justice. Funds raised from the walk will help provide free legal help to people in need and not-for-profit community organisations.

For more information about Law Week and what is happening in your local area between 11-15 May, visit http://www.lawweek.com.au.