6 May 2013

Students from The University of Queensland Law Society are putting superhero Batman on trial to show the public how the Australian court system works.

The Dark Knight’s mock trial will be among several Law Week Open Day activities at the Brisbane Magistrates Court and the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law on 18 May.

Organised by the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General to mark National Law Week, the free event gives the community an opportunity to learn more about law and justice and how it affects everyday life.

University of Queensland Law Society President Chad Hardy said Batman’s mock trial would be an entertaining demonstration of the true meaning of justice.

“The Dark Knight is well-known for his determination to correct injustice, but we’ll be showing what would happen if he himself fell foul of the law,” Mr Hardy said.

“He has a skewed view of justice and we are hoping this will be an educational experience for the accused and an entertaining one for the audience.”

He said there would be some legal surprises for Batman on his journey through the court system.

Visitors will be able to take a guided tour of the Brisbane Magistrates Court and the new Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law and learn more about the law at the event’s information stalls.

Law students will be on hand to answer questions about community legal work at the UQ Law School stand.

They will showcase some of the projects they are working on through the UQ Pro Bono Centre.

Pro bono legal services will be the topic of a National Law Week event co-hosted by The UQ Pro Bono Centre, the Queensland Public Interest Clearing House (QPILCH) and the Bar Association of Queensland on 13 May.

Chaired by Justice Martin Daubney, Partnerships in Pro Bono will feature leading international and national experts presenting contemporary research on legal need and best-practice pro bono service delivery.

Staff from the UQ Law School will be raising money to help improve access to justice for vulnerable Queenslanders by taking part in the QPILCH Walk for Justice on 14 May.

The walk will be led by the Chief Justice of Queensland, The Hon Paul de Jersey AC.

Law Week Open Day - event details

11am to 2pm, Saturday 18 May

Brisbane Courts Precinct, 363-415 George Street. Brisbane

For details about National Law Week events in Queensland visit www.justice.qld.gov.au/corporate/events-seminars-and-training/law-week

Media: Melissa Reynolds 07 3365 2523, m.reynolds@law.uq.edu.au