Legal leaders unite to back Justice Week
The Justice Secretary, the Solicitor General and Chair of the Bar Council have today given their backing to helping young people better understand justice and law.
Justice Week, which runs from 24-28 February, sees the Bar Council, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and The Law Society promote the importance of the rule of law to young people through a range of initiatives during week, including school lessons, podcasts, short films to name a few. Justice Week will cover four themes:
- Protecting our Freedom
- Fighting for Rights
- Defending Democracy
- Saving our Planet
Chair of the Bar Council, Amanda Pinto QC, said: “Law and justice play important roles in the public’s everyday life, from defending democracy, to protecting freedoms and helping to save the planet. We are delighted to help ensure that future generations have a strong understanding of the essential part law and justice plays.”
Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP, said: “Democracy is the cornerstone of our society and Justice Week underlines the significance of a justice system that is fair, open and accessible to all. It is important to me that young people from all walks of life understand and value the rule of law and the exciting possibilities a career in the law offers.”
Solicitor General, Rt Hon Michael Ellis QC MP, said: “Learning about the law is very important for young people, providing essential knowledge but also empowerment. It makes them aware of their rights and responsibilities, gives them an understanding of the justice system and helps them understand everyday legal issues.”
As part of Justice Week, the Lord Chancellor and Solicitor General will be joined today by the new Attorney General, Suella Braverman QC MP and a number of MPs at Portcullis House to show their support for Justice Week by sharing examples of how they’ve changed the law.
Find out more about Justice Week 2020 here.