Day four and Law Week goes to trial

We’ve all watched criminal trials on television and in the movies – maybe you’ve seen Legally Blonde lawyer Elle Woods trounce the defence using only her pink heels and perfect blonde locks –  but how much do you know about how trials really work?

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Today you can find out as barristers, solicitors and a judge take part in a mock criminal trial at the Supreme Court. Watch how a drug possession case works in Victoria after fictional defendant Evelyn Cannon is caught with cocaine.

If you’re interested to see how the courts work on a day to day basis – who does what, and what would be like to be a solicitor, a judge or a jury member – and you can’t wait for Courts Open Day, today is your chance to go backstage at courts in Shepparton, Geelong, Ballarat, Broadmeadows and Moorabbin. Take a tour and talk to a registrar.

Spice up your sandwich with Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre Hugh de Kretser at 12:45 today. He steps up to the Wheeler Centre’s Lunchbox/Soapbox to address the topic: does Australia need a more developed ‘rights culture’? Are Australians apathetic towards about rights? Why? And why does it matter?

Wind down over a drink with GLOBE, the Gay and Lesbian Organisation of Business and Enterprise, at the Law Week Fruits and Blends event. Discuss legal issues affecting the GLBTI community, catch up with colleagues and make new contacts.

More details of all these events and more are available on the Law Week program of events. If you’ve been to an event, let us know! Leave your comments here, on Facebook and share them on Twitter. 

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