The legal profession is gearing up for the first ever Justice Week, a new initiative to put justice and the rule of law at the centre stage of public and political debate.
Taking place between Monday 29 October and Friday 2 November 2018, the week will promote a vibrant mix of research, public events and digital media content, bringing together politicians, the media, industry, the third sector and the public to tackle the key challenges our justice system is facing today.
Building on the achievements of National Pro Bono Week, Justice Week will create new opportunities to communicate and debate the importance of justice. The launch event will explore what the public thinks about our justice system and how the media reports on these issues.
A spokesperson for Justice Week said: “With so many parts of the justice system at breaking point, now is the time to make a strong and clear case for why it is so fundamental to our society, economy and democracy.
“Business groups, members of the public and front-line service providers should all be part of the conversation. This week aims to take the subject of justice to new audiences and underline the contribution and commitment of legal professionals and organisations to improving access to justice and strengthening the rule of law both in England and Wales and internationally.
“We are keen to hear from anyone who wants to run an event or campaign as part of Justice Week, whether it is to promote or support public legal education or pro bono, or to tackle some of the key challenges society faces around access to justice and the rule of law.”
Pro bono will feature within the wider topics discussed during Justice Week. In addition, the specific focus on pro bono provided by National Pro Bono Week will continue this year in the form of Global Pro Bono Week which takes place from 21 to 25 October 2018.
(Source: The Bar Council)