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:
WILLS AND POWER OF ATTORNEY
Learn what makes a will valid and how to protect your interests with a power of attorney. On Friday, May 16, noon to 1pm at Max Webber Library function centre, corner of Flushcombe Road and Alpha Street, Blacktown.
Details, bookings (essential): 9839 6620.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND FAMILY PROBLEMS
Blacktown Women's and Girls Health Centre will host a talk and Q&A on domestic violence, family law, the effect of domestic violence on children and early intervention. 6 Prince Street, Thursday, May 15, from 10am to noon.
NEIGHBOURS AND THE LAW
This free, hour-long talk, on Tuesday, May 13, at 6pm covers what to do when neighbours disagree. Dennis Johnson Library, corner of Stanhope Parkway and Sentry Drive, Stanhope Gardens.
Details, bookings (essential): 9421 2670.