​Sutherland Courthouse hosts multicultural communities at open day

Free law and justice information aims to break down barriers

Publication date: Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Eighty people attended the Sutherland Courthouse multicultural open day last week eager to learn more about legal and justice support services in NSW.

Hosted by Delilah Shinko from the Department of Justice's Diversity Services team and the Registrar of Sutherland Court, Tina Mckenna, the open day was part of the department's commitment to improving services for people from multicultural communities.

"The open day allowed us to engage with multicultural communities, helping break down the cultural and language barriers that prevent people from accessing legal support," Delilah said.

"It was also about up skilling people and improving their access to justice by informing them of services available such as: Victims Services, Domestic Violence Support Services, Family and Community Services (FACS) and the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)."

A diverse range of multicultural communities were represented on the day, with many from Chinese-speaking backgrounds.

Delilah said the open day answered queries ranging from how the justice system in NSW works to how courts operate and the role of a Sheriff in the court system.

"Community members were excited by the opportunity to learn more about the court setting and services provided by the court and other service providers who presented on the day."

NSW Government agencies that attended were the Department of Justice (including Victims Services and the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal), Family and Community Services and Legal Aid NSW.

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