Mock trials, rookie solicitors and public information sessions will be among hundreds of events to be held around Sydney as part of National Law Week.
The week, from Monday to Sunday, May 12 to 18, started 30 years ago in NSW and has since spread across the country.
Law Week aims to promote public understanding of the law and its role in society as well as to raise awareness of how to use legal services and get advice. This year's Law Week theme is "Law and Justice in Your Community".
It's not all serious stuff, either. The Clued-up Kids mock-trial program introduces primary-school children to the legal system, investigation procedures and the workings of the court.
Young and aspiring lawyers can take part in the Golden Gavel public-speaking competition, which will give them a chance to show their advocacy skills.
The public can also attend information days across western Sydney, including:
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Freedom Fighters Lawyers will host a free seminar to help people know what to do if they are arrested. It will be held on Thursday, May 15 at 5.30pm at the Freedom Fighters office, Caroline Chisholm Drive, Winston Hills.
BUYING AND SELLING REAL ESTATE
A free talk at 2pm on Thursday, May 15 will cover topics including first home buying, selling an established home, what to look for in retirement villages, buying and selling at the same time. Bookings are essential. Pennant Hills Community Centre, corner Ramsay and Yarrara roads, Pennant Hills.
NEIGHBOURS AND THE LAW
This free hour-long talk on Tuesday, May 13, at 6pm covers what to do when neighbours disagree. At Dennis Johnson Library, corner of Stanhope Parkway and Sentry Drive, Stanhope Gardens.
Details, bookings (essential): 9421 2670.