Francis Burt Law Education Programme and Old Court House Museum Advisory

2015/16 Annual Report

The Committee has continued to oversee the activities of the Francis Burt Law Education Programme and the Old Court House Law Museum. The Committee is pleased to report that significant increases in participation in both programmes were recorded during the year under report.

During the year under review, more than 8,000 participants received the benefit of programmes and services provided by the Education Programme, including very significant increases in lawyers’ visits to schools, and in the utilisation of the remote and regional Loan Box Programme. The year also saw the commencement of the newly named Cluedunnit Kids competition in Western Australia with the invaluable assistance of Ms Claire Rossi, Legal Aid WA and Sergeant Garry Corker, WA Police. The winning team was Wanneroo Primary School.

119 students and teachers took part in this year’s hypothetical event and more than 100 people attended the 2015 Sir Ronald Wilson lecture presented by Winthrop Professor Stephen Smith.

The Committee is particularly pleased to report that significant progress has been made in the development of a two-way learning resource for Aboriginal youth through extensive consultation with key stakeholders and significant numbers of Aboriginal young people. The Committee continues to explore funding options to further develop this important project.

The Mock Trial Competition continues to grow, and record numbers of participants (over 1,200 students from 55 schools in 130 teams) were again recorded. The competition manual was revised and reformatted, a new rubric for judges created, and a panel of volunteers has been formed to review and to write new case material.

The number of visitors to the Old Court House Law Museum also increased significantly over the previous financial year, in part attributable to the visitors to the Museum on Perth Heritage Day, and by the significant increase in the museum’s opening hours (by 78%). The Museum was successful in its application to Lotterywest for a grant of almost $70,000 to enable it to install the last stage of the redesign of the exhibitions on display. Temporary exhibitions marking the centenary of significant events during the first world war also attracted significant interest – Brothers at War: the Parker men and A Voice from the front..

The Old Court House also hosted interactive theatre performances over five nights during May.

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