Justice Week - new initiative setup by the Bar Council, The Law Society, and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

Justice Week  - new initiative setup by the  Bar Council, The Law Society, and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

The purpose of the week is to boost the profile of justice and the rule of law, helping to place them at the centre stage of public and political debate. With many parts of the system at breaking point, now is the time to make a strong and clear case for why they are so fundamental to our society, economy and democracy.

Adrian Alker, Chair PCN Britain,  writes, “The Progressive Christianity Network Britain proudly supports Justice Week and the programme of events which will raise the profile of justice and those institutions which promote its cause in these islands. For Christians, Jesus embodied the justice of God in his life, actions and teachings. The Bible as a whole puts distributive justice at the heart of how we should live in society “Give justice to the weak and the orphan, maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82. Justice is the body of love, and love is the soul of justice. God is Love. Love empowers justice and justice embodies love. Keep both or get neither.

The Bar Council, Law Society and CILEx are promoting Justice Week to call attention of the ;public to the fact that many parts of the system at breaking point, now is the time to make a strong and clear case for why they are so fundamental to our society, economy and democracy. Justice Week will launch a week-long programme of research, public events, and digital content, bringing together media, politicians, industry, the third sector and the general public.

Justice Week aims to:

  • Promote the value of justice and the rule of law to audiences beyond the legal community to inspire and activate those who have not been a part of conversations on justice, or listened to by decision-makers.
  • Build public support for core campaigns on access to justice and the rule of law.
  • Increase public understanding of the role of Government in the administration of justice and how the legal profession supports the justice system.
  • Demonstrate to decision-makers that the impact of justice policy is widely felt and understood, and that a wide range of communities and constituents are capable of articulating their concerns and demands.
  • Highlight the work undertaken every day by individual legal practitioners - particularly that work which is undertaken pro bono - to improve access to justice and the rule of law.

When is Justice Week taking place?

In 2018, Justice Week will run between Monday 29 October and Friday 2 November. The launch event will be held on Monday 29 October at 6pm (location and further details to be announced soon).

Pro Bono National Pro Bono Week (NPBW) was conceived in 2001 by the then Attorney General and the Attorney General’s Committee to recognise the contribution that legal professionals make, free-of-charge, to people and organisations in need of legal advice and representation who would otherwise be unable to afford it. It was run and funded by the three professional bodies.

Building on the achievements of National Pro Bono Week, Justice Week will celebrate the pro bono work of legal professionals and support, guide and encourage those who or are looking to undertake pro bono work for the first time.

The Bar Council, Law Society and CILEx continue to support the pro bono sector with:

  • Guide to pro bono support
  • Funding for events
  • Providing publicity on initiatives and areas of concern
  • Providing support for events during Global Pro Bono Week
  • Get involved in Justice Week

If you are interested in running an event or campaign as part of Justice Week we would love to hear from you whether your plans are big or small.

Some funding is available and we can provide branding, advice and a range of other resources to help make your Justice Week plans a reality.

Whether you have run events for National Pro Bono Week, or if this is your first time running such an event, get in touch and so we can make sure that it is included in the Justice Week timetable.

If you would like to have a chat with one of the Justice Week team, please contact:

Bar Council: Sam Mercer at smercer@barcouncil.org.uk

Law Society: Ellie Cronin at ellie.cronin@lawsociety.org.uk

CILEx: Simon Garrod at simon.garrod@cilex.org.uk

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