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Preparing for Law Week

Law Week is held every year in May

 

Law Week is a nationwide initiative to promote community awareness and understanding of the law, the legal system and the legal profession. Courts, legal agencies, solicitors, barristers, police and of course public libraries are all encouraged to get involved. It’s a wonderful opportunity for you to promote the Find Legal Answers resources and service to your community. 

More information about planning your Law Week events will be added to this page in the following months.

Every year, Legal Aid NSW offers two community legal information talks. These talks are presented by Legal Aid lawyers and are held in libraries. Topics from previous years include:

  • Navigating the system
  • Dealing with NDIS service providers - what are my rights? 
  • Avoiding scams
  • NDIS: how the law can help
  • Your money and the law
  • Your neighbours and the law.

Participation is by expression of interest. When the 2023 program is finalised, libraries will be notified by email and invited to apply.


Law Week is a great time to top up your supply of Find Legal Answers promotional material. Running low? Expecting a crowd at a Law Week event? Top up your supply by filling in the form below. 

Top up your PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL


Hosting an event with a speaker

Many libraries host events with guest speakers, for example a local solicitor, or a speaker from Legal Aid, the local community legal centre or a government agency.   

It's important to brief your speaker before the event. Let them know that the Find Legal Answers service is available at the State Library, in public libraries, and online. 

Make sure you show the speaker the Tool Kit and point out any relevant resources. Ask the speaker to refer to the Tool Kit in their talk if they can. Also show the speaker any pamphlets you have ordered. Often lawyers have no idea of the plain language resources available in libraries, and it's a great opportunity to promote them. 

Make sure you have a Tool Kit available for the participants to see and use. If it's possible, have the Find Legal Answers website on display. The participants will be able to see the wealth of legal information available in books and online.

Please contact Catherine if you would like a copy of a short presentation you can use when hosting an event. The presentation briefly introduces the Tool Kit and the Find Legal Answers website.


Ordering free pamphlets and books

If you are planning an event on a particular legal topic, there may be a useful free pamphlet or booklet you can order and give away to your audience. Multiple copies of pamphlets on a variety of legal topics can be ordered directly from the supplier. You should also highlight the relevant titles from the Tool Kit and Law Books for Libraries collections. 

Pamphlets

You can find relevant pamphlets at:

  • Pamphlets page - this has some suggested pamphlets, as well as links to the publications pages of agencies including Legal Aid NSW and NSW Fair Trading 
  • Legal Aid NSW 2022 publications catalogue - lists all the publications available to order or download from Legal Aid NSW including free legal information about common family law, criminal law and everyday legal problems such as debt and fines, disasters and your rights.

Many pamphlets can be ordered in community languages.

Neighbours and the law

If you're planning an event dealing with neighbours, you can order free copies of the book Neighbours and the law to give away (maximum of 20 copies per library). 

The book is an easy to understand guide to the different areas of law that are involved in neighbourhood issues and disputes. It covers areas that commonly cause problems between neighbours including dividing fences, retaining walls, overhanging branches, animals and noise.

Order Neighbours and the law


Subject resource sheets

Ten subject resource sheets are available:

These sheets show you how to find information on the Find Legal Answers website, highlighting some of the resources available. You can give them to clients attending Law Week events, or include them as part of a Law Week display.


Promotion on social media

Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media are effective methods of communication. You could use these channels to provide links to useful online resources in order to promote legal information.

Use the following hashtags:
#NSWPublicLibraries
#LegalAnswersNSW
#LawWeek

Law Week social media campaign


Reporting

IMPORTANT! Don't forget to report your event or activity via our online form.

Report your Law Week event