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Multicultural communities the focus at Wollongong Courthouse open day

Free law and justice information aims to break down barriers

Publication date: Thursday, 2 March 2017

Wollongong Courthouse hosted a free legal information open day for multicultural communities on Wednesday, to help break down cultural and language barriers that can stop people knowing about the law and justice services that are available to them.

NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman said that the community event was a great opportunity for multicultural community members to learn about everything from how to access free legal help and victims' support to resolving disputes through mediation.

"When you arrive in a new country it can be overwhelming, which is why we are working closely with multicultural communities to ensure they have the tools to navigate the justice system," Mr Speakman said.

The event featured talks about how the justice system in NSW works, common legal matters that people need to know about – like the laws about driving, services for people who are victims of crime, and the Work and Development Orders program that enables seriously disadvantaged people to pay off fines by doing community work or attending a course or treatment.

Several NSW Government law and justice agencies had stalls at the event and were on hand to answer questions from members of the community. The agencies represented included the NSW Police Force, Legal Aid NSW, the Department of Justice, the department's Victims Services Branch, and Law Access NSW.

To find out more about the services that the Department of Justice offers for multicultural communities, please visit the Multicultural Communities pages on this website.