The Law Society
, the Bar Council
and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
(CILEx) have set up an initiative to promote the value of justice to the public. Justice Week commences on Monday 29 October 2018 with an event that will seek to answer the questions: ‘Does “justice” need a makeover? How can we rebrand our treasured national asset?
’ The panel grappling with the challenge of answering these questions will consist of: Matthew d’Ancona, chair of the Bright Blue thinktank and Guardian
columnist (chairing); Joshua Rozenberg QC (hon), legal commentator and journalist; and Caroline Criado Perez OBE, feminist activist and journalist. The launch event will commence at 6 pm at the City firm CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP.
Other events planned for the week include a debate organised by the Bar Council, ‘Justice cuts: the stories behind the numbers
’, on the evening of Wednesday 31 October at the Temple Church, and 'Ethical obligations of lawyers during major incidents', a panel discussion hosted by the Law Society on the following evening. The Law Society will also host a photographic exhibition of clients and their lawyers to highlight the experience of members of the public using the justice system.
There has been some controversy in the timing of Justice Week. National Pro Bono Week had been running since 2001 and usually took place in the first week of November. It was backed by the three main bodies representing lawyers, but they appear to have decided to prioritise the new event. In response, pro bono charities, under the co-ordination of the National Pro Bono Centre
, are planning events to coincide with international Pro Bono Week
, which takes place a week earlier (21–27 October).
Details of the full calendar of Justice Week events can be found here