Law Week 2020 is running from 18-24 May and the calendar is full of online events, discussions and interactive activities.

You can see the full program at Law Week events, which is presented by the Victoria Law Foundation. The broad range of topics includes family law, employment, Wills and estate planning, and tenancy. Many of the talks will focus on the impact of COVID-19 and the steps to take in overcoming the problems that have arisen due to the virus.

As part of our Law Week commitment, HRCLS is holding FREE advice clinics by phone to provide access to justice and link our community with the law. We have also created a handy information sheet Staying Safe as a Senior, which includes links and resources on the key areas of Elder Abuse, how to identify the abuse and report it, along with tips to keep seniors safe against problems they could face. Download Staying Safe as a Senior and a story highlighting financial abuse during COVID-19.

Law Week highlights

 

Monday 18 May

6-7pm – feature event! 

Inquest into the death of The Artist Formerly Known as Prince

Brian Nankervis hosts a panel of legal and forensic experts as they take a metaphorical scalpel to determine what caused the death of one of the world’s most admired music legends of the modern age.

What really happened to Prince? How did he die? Where was he found? Who found him? When? Were the rumours about a hip replacement and his religious beliefs true? How long had he been addicted to opioids? How much did he take?

Find out the answers to these questions and more, when State Coroner, Judge John Cain, Director of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Professor Noel Woodford and Chief Toxicologist Dr Dimitri Gerostamoulos try to clear the fog from around the mystery.  Register online

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1-2.30pm 

Change Your ID Infoshare Session  

Join LGBTIQ Legal Service Coordinator Sam Elkin and representatives from Births, Deaths and Marriages, who will run a practical information session on the Birth, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996. Important reforms, implemented on 1 May 2020, removed the barriers for Victorians wanting to change the record of sex in their birth registration. Learn how to make your application to change a record of sex, which sex descriptors you can choose and what the rules are for people under the age of 18 who want to change their records. Register online

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3-4pm 

Shared Care during COVID-19 

Presented by Goulburn Valley LibrariesFamily Relationship Centre – CatholicCare Sandhurst (CCS), the session will be live streamed – Goulburn Valley Libraries Facebook page.

This session will answer some of the questions around shared parental care for children from separated families during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will look at family dispute resolution as well as guidelines, expectations and some practical tips around shared care whilst ensuring that children’s best interest remain central to any parenting arrangement during social isolation and quarantine.


Tuesday 19 May

11am-12pm 

Understanding reasonable adjustments at work for people with disabilities 

Presented by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. This session focuses on reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities in the workplace, and is targeted towards employees and employers. Register here

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1-2pm

Victoria’s Integrity System, Reforms to the Whistleblower Scheme and the Role of the Victorian Inspectorate 

The Victorian Inspectorate’s vision is for a robust and trusted integrity system. In a special Law Week event, the Inspector, Eamonn Moran PSM QC, and the Executive Director Legal and Integrity, Cathy Cato, will discuss Victoria’s integrity system, reforms to the whistleblower scheme and the role of the VI in the integrity system. Bookings essential – online

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1pm

Free family law seminar

Presented by Carew Counsel Solicitors, the session will run through the basics of family law including but not limited to; child custody, child support, property and financial disputes, family court appearances, family violence and de facto law. Book online

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3-4pm

Prevention of elder abuse and COVID-19  

Seniors Rights Victoria will present a session about elder abuse and the impact of COVID-19. They will discuss how to stay safe and how to seek help if you or someone you know is being abused. The presentation will be available on the Goulburn Valley Libraries Facebook page.

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3pm – 4.40pm

Making a complaint and resolving disputes  

Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission – how we resolve complaints of discrimination through our complaints process and dispute resolution service. You will learn about the Commission’s enquiry line and how it handles enquiries, how to lodge a complaint, how complaints are handled and how disputes are resolved. The session is interactive and people will be able to ask questions. Register via email[email protected]

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5pm

Free family law seminar

Presented by Carew Counsel Solicitors, the session will run through the basics of family law including but not limited to; child custody, child support, property and financial disputes, family court appearances, family violence and de facto law. Book online

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6.30-8pm

Cyber Safety Information Session for Parents & Carers   

Ballarat & Grampians Community Legal Service explains cyber-bullying and sexting, what the law says, and tips for keeping your kids safe online. Bookings essential, places limited. Register online


Wednesday 20 May 

1-2pm

COVID-19 – what’s it mean for bosses and workers? 

Presented by the Law Institute of Victoria, this sessions is crafted for employers and employees on how the coronavirus has impacted the workplace.

  • Can employees be stood down, directed to work from home, have their hours reduced or directed to take leave?
  • What is a ‘genuine redundancy’?
  • JobKeeper eligibility
  • Working from home and OH&S

Register online


Thursday 21 May

11am-1pm

Renting Rights during COVID-19 

Are you supporting someone who is experiencing rental stress during the COVID-19 health crisis? Do you want to learn more about the new laws protecting tenants from eviction? Barwon Community Legal Service presents a live legal information session on the rights of tenants in residential properties and the recent changes to the Residential Tenancy Act as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

The session covers:

  • What to do if you can’t afford to pay rent because of COVID-19
  • What to do if you have been served a notice to vacate
  • What if the landlord won’t agree to a rent reduction?
  • Tips and advice for renters on negotiating with landlords

Register by contacting Alexandria Jones from Barwon Community Legal Service via email
[email protected]

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11am-12pm

Making requests for reasonable adjustments at work

Presented by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, this webinar is for employees with chronic illness or invisible disabilities to help you make requests for reasonable adjustments at work. Register online

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2-2.30pm

Family law and parenting arrangements 

Presented by Liverpool City Library and South West Sydney Legal Centre and streamed to Facebook. Registration online

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3pm – 4.40pm

Making a complaint and resolving disputes  

Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission – how we resolve complaints of discrimination through our complaints process and dispute resolution service. You will learn about the Commission’s enquiry line and how it handles enquiries, how to lodge a complaint, how complaints are handled and how disputes are resolved. The session is interactive and people will be able to ask questions. Register via email to [email protected]


Friday 22 May

11 – 11.30am

Employment Law during COVID-19  

Presented by Liverpool City Library and South West Sydney Legal Centre and streamed to Facebook. Registration online

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12-1pm

Employment Law in the Uncertain Times of Covid-19  

A free live webinar with employment lawyers from McDonald Murholme for people concerned about their employment rights in the times of COVID-19. Register online

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1-2pm

Restorative Justice – what is it & how can it complement the justice system  

Restorative justice brings together people who have committed a crime and the people that crime has affected in a conversation about the event. This can give a voice to the people involved and create a resolution and sense of peace between the victims and offenders of these crimes.

The team from Open Circle, a new restorative justice service at RMIT’s Centre for Innovative Justice, will discuss restorative justice, how it approaches this work and present case studies to  demonstrate the value of the process for parties impacted by a crime or other harm. Register online

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2pm

COVID-19 legal issues 

Shoalhaven Libraries and the ShoalCoast Community Legal Centre will be presenting a webinar on topics including tenancy, employment, family law, and credit and debt. Live on Facebook 

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6.30pm

Sisters in Crime – online video

Forensic specialists Anna Davey and Dadna Hartman, together with true crime author Julie Szego, will talk to award-winning journalist and true crime author Liz Porter about how DNA profiling has revolutionised criminal investigations since the 1980s. They will explore how it currently functions as a forensic technique and how it helps to identify unknown deceased persons. Sisters in Crime

At your leisure

Monday – Friday – available 18 May 

Recognising and Avoiding Scams 

Scammers continue to take advantage of people across Australia. Phishing for personal information, online shopping scams and superannuation scams are all rife. It can be difficult to recognise a scam because requests for money or personal details often look as though they come from a government agency or a real company. So how do you identify a scam? And what can you do to prevent falling victim to one? Eastern Community Legal Centre presents this short video to explain.

Domestic Violence in the age of COVID-19

Sally Nicholes, Managing Partner of Nicholes Family Lawyers, facilitates an important discussion with the Honourable Chief Justice William Alstergren of the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court, Jessica Stott, acting CEO of the Women’s Information and Referral Exchange (WIRE), Vincent Papaleo, Director of Vincent Papaleo & Associates, Helen Matthews, Principal Lawyer at the Women’s Legal Service Victoria, and Alison MacDonald, acting CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria. Online

Helping Victorians Get Fair Outcomes during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 crisis, we know many Victorians are doing it tough. Are you experiencing financial hardship and having trouble paying your bills (eg council rates, energy, phone or internet)? Not sure whether cancelled travel bookings are covered by your insurance? Have you or someone you know experienced difficulty contacting your telco? Does not having access to phone or internet pose a specific risk to you? This session is facilitated by Lynne Haultain, Executive Director of Victorian Law Foundation, with guests Cynthia Gebert, Energy and Water Ombudsman, Deborah Glass, Victorian Ombudsman, Judi Jones, Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, John Price, Lead Ombudsman – Insurance, Australian Financial Complaints Authority. Online

How the Victorian Public Transport Ombudsman Can Make it Easier for People to Access Justice

The Public Transport Ombudsman Treasure Jennings will explain how the Public Transport Ombudsman (PTO) scheme can make it easier for people to access justice, the importance of fairness and how the PTO works to make public transport better in Victoria. Online

An introduction to Wills – Monday – Friday 

The most effective way to avoid any potential issues is to record your wishes for the division of your estate, and the most effective way to do this is to ensure you have a valid Will in place. Not only does this provide you with peace of mind and security, but it means the beneficiaries of your inheritance can benefit from the many structuring opportunities available to you. Online

This session will take a look at:

  • what Wills are
  • why you need a Will
  • things you need to think about when putting a Will in place
  • common things that can go wrong.

Podcast series with Nicholes Family Lawyers

Includes Family Violence & COVID-19: A Conversation with Rita Butera, CEO of Safe Steps