Francis Burt Law Education Programme

Francis Burt Law Education Programme

Francis Burt Law Education Programme

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The Francis Burt Law Education Programme seeks to advance the Western Australian community’s understanding of the law, legal principles and the court system.

The Programme operates on the principle that all people must understand the law and the legal system, which affects their daily lives. Housed in the Old Court House Law Museum, the oldest building in the City of Perth, qualified Education Officers present structured legal education programmes.

The Education Programme offers

  • school and community group tours with court visits (Supreme Court, District Court or Magistrates Court), an empty court activity; and scripted trials based on fictional scenarios and historical West Australian cases
  • legal education resources
  • professional development workshops for teachers
  • Regional and Remote Schools Loan Box Programme
  • Youth Civics Leadership Day
  • the Hypothetical
  • Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture
  • Lawyer Visits to Schools Network
  • Cluedunnit Kids Competition

Proudly supported by:

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Contact

Corner St Georges Tce & Barrack Street, Perth
(next to the Supreme Court of Western Australia)
Telephone: (08) 9324 8686
Email: schools@lawsocietywa.asn.au

Court Visits

Court Visits

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The Francis Burt Law Education Programme offers the opportunity for groups to visit the Supreme Court, District Court and the Magistrates Court in Perth, Western Australia. Groups can participate in legal education activities including scripted trial re-enactments and museum activities that are appropriate to the age of the group.

The Programmes are mapped to the Western Australian and Australian education curricula and are specifically tailored for groups from primary schools, high schools, vocational colleges, universities, ESL/International Colleges and the community.

Professional development events are also available. Where practicable, our Education Officers will adapt the programme to group requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read our frequently asked questions for important information about the Programme, including supervision and behaviour requirements, emergency procedures, and insurance cover.

Activity Options

Museum Activity and Audio Storytelling Activity

The Old Court House is the City of Perth’s oldest building and it houses the Old Court House Law Museum. Participants actively explore the museum with the focus on Humanities and Social Sciences themes. In the audio storytelling activity participants listen to local Aboriginal Elders talk about the importance of the local area around the Old Court House.

Approximately 20 – 40 minutes

Empty Court Activity

Engage in an age appropriate legal education activity in the Supreme Court or District Court. The layout of the court and the roles of the court personnel are explained. This activity is subject to the availability of an empty courtroom.

Approximately 30 minutes

Mock Trial/Trial Re-Enactment

Be a judge or lawyer and wear real legal wigs and gowns in the Old Court House. Take the role of a juror, a witness or other court personnel and act out court protocol and procedures in a trial based on a historical or fictitious event. The Education Officer takes photos during the mock trial/trial re-enactment and a CD containing those photos is then forwarded to the group leader.

Approximately 60 minutes

Scenarios

  • Alice in Court: The Queen of Hearts has accused Alice of disorderly conduct in Wonderland and White Rabbit alleges she stole his cookies
  • A day in the life of the Magistrates Court: a scripted recreation of a normal day in the life of the busy and bustling Magistrates Court
  • The State of Western Australia v. Captain James HOOK: charged with kidnapping Jack and Maggie Banning, who are Peter Pan’s children, the jury must decide if the accused is guilty or not guilty
  • The State of Western Australia v. John GAVEN: the true case of a 15 year old boy, John Gaven, put on trial in the Old Court House in 1844 for murder
  • The State of Western Australia v. Charlie WRIGHT: a fictional character accused of Grievous Bodily Harm resulting from a one punch incident outside a suburban party
  • The State of Western Australia v. Audrey Campbell JACOB:  the true case of a 20 year old Western Australian woman put on trial for the murder of her fiancé, Cyril Gidley, after he was shot at the Government House Ballroom in 1925

Court in Session

Sit in the public gallery and view a Supreme Court, District Court Magistrates Court or Federal Court in session. Provided there are proceedings in session, groups may view a criminal trial, pleas, or sentencing.

Approximately 30 minutes

Parkhurst Apprenticeship Scheme Activity

From 1842-1849, 234 male juvenile offenders aged between 10 and 20 were transported to Western Australia as ‘apprentices’. Participants actively explore the lives of these ‘apprentices’, the offences that lead to their imprisonment and their experiences in the early days of the colonisation of Western Australia. Finally, participants consider why the boys were referred to as ‘apprentices’ and not convicts.

Approximately 60 minutes

Western Australian Curriculum

Years 3 to 4 – Western Australian Curriculum

Curriculum: Year 3 – Western Australian CurriculumYear 4 – Western Australian Curriculum

Year 3 to 4 Primary School groups do not observe a court in session as Magistrates Court matters are not suitable for children of this age.

Option 1: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Activities included:

  • Museum activity
  • Audio storytelling activity

Cost: $7 per participant. Minimum charge $70 per group*

Option 2: 1 hours, 30 minutes

Activities included:

  • Empty court activity
  • Mock trial

Cost: $7 per participant. Minimum charge $70 per group*

Years 5 to 6 – Western Australian Curriculum

Curriculum: Year 5 – Western Australian CurriculumYear 6 – Western Australian Curriculum

Year 6 Primary School groups are able to observe a Magistrates Court in session. Students and their parents should be informed that the students may be exposed to bad language and/or graphic evidence when observing the Magistrates Court in session. Further, the Magistrates Court script reflects matters which are common in the Magistrates Court, e.g. violence and matters resulting from alcohol and/or drug abuse.

Option 1: 1 hour

Activities included:

  • Museum activity + Audio storytelling activity
  • Empty court activity or mock trial

Cost: $6 per participant. Minimum charge $60 per group*

Option 2: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Activities included:

  • Empty court activity
  • Mock trial
  • Court in session or museum activity + Audio storytelling activity

Cost: $8 per participant. Minimum charge $80 per group*

Years 7 to 10 – Western Australia Curriculum

Curriculum: Year 7-10 Western Australian Curriculum

Year 7 to 10 Secondary School groups are able to observe a Supreme Court or District Court or Magistrates Court in session. Students and their parents need to be informed that the students may be exposed to bad language and/or graphic evidence when observing courts in session. Further, the State of Western Australia v. John GAVEN trial re-enactment is based on a real WA murder trial.

Option 1: 1 hour

Activities included:

  • Mock trial or Court in session

Cost: $6 per participant. Minimum charge $60 per group*

Option 2: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Activities included:

  • Empty court activity
  • Court in session
  • Mock trial

Cost: $8 per participant. Minimum charge $80 per group*

Mock trial scenarios

  • The State of Western Australia v. John GAVEN or
  • The State of Western Australia v. Charlie WRIGHT

Years 11 to 12 – Western Australian Curriculum

WA Curriculum:

Year 11 to 12 Secondary School groups are able to observe a Supreme Court, District Court, Federal Court and/or Magistrates Court in session. Students and their parents need to be informed that the students may be exposed to bad language and/or graphic evidence when observing the courts in session. Further, the State of Western Australia v. Audrey Campbell JACOB trial re-enactment is based on a real WA murder trial.

Option 1: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Activities included:

  • Court in session (choice of Supreme Court, District Court, Federal Court and/or Magistrates Court)
  • Empty court general activity*
  • Mock trial or empty court Politics and Law Syllabus activity*

Cost: $8 per participant. Minimum charge $80 per group*

Option 2: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Activities included:

  • Court in session (choice of Supreme Court or District Court and Federal Court or Magistrates Court)
  • Empty court general activity or empty court Politics and Law Syllabus activity or mock trial

Cost: $10 per participant. Minimum charge $100 per group*

* GST included. No charge for teachers and assistants.

Mock trial scenarios

  • The State of Western Australia v. Charlie WRIGHT or
  • The State of Western Australia v. Audrey Campbell JACOB

Activities

  • General empty court activity includes court layout and court personnel
  • Politics and Law Syllabus empty court activities include:
    • Court hierarchy
    • Civil and criminal pre-trial procedure
    • Civil and criminal trials: differences and strengths and weaknesses
    • Jury empanelment
    • Recently implemented reform (the last ten years) to the criminal law process in Western Australia: The Jury System in WA
    • Contemporary Issue Centering on Justice, Judicial Process and Legal power: Mandatory Sentencing
    • Mediation in practice and in theory: Supreme Court Registrar presentation

Adult Groups

Vocational Colleges and Community groups

Option 1: 1 hour

Activities included:

  • Court in Session
  • Empty Court Activity or mock trial

Cost: $6 per participant. Minimum charge $60 per group*

Option 2: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Activities included:

  • Court in session
  • Empty court activity
  • Mock trial

Cost: $8 per participant. Minimum charge $80 per group*

* GST included. No charge for teachers and assistants.

Mock trial scenarios

  • A day in the life of the Magistrates Court or
  • The State of Western Australia v. John GAVEN or
  • The State of Western Australia v. Charlie WRIGHT or
  • The State of Western Australia v. Audrey Campbell JACOB

International Language Colleges

Option 1: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Activities included:

  • Court in Session
  • Empty Court Activity or mock trial

Cost: $10 per participant. Minimum charge $100 per group*

Option 2: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Activities included:

  • Court in session
  • Empty court activity
  • Mock trial

Cost: $10 per participant. Minimum charge $100 per group*

* GST included. No charge for teachers and assistants.

Mock trial scenarios

  • A day in the life of the Magistrates Court or
  • The State of Western Australia v. John GAVEN or
  • The State of Western Australia v. Charlie WRIGHT or
  • The State of Western Australia v. Audrey Campbell JACOB

Professional Groups

Professional groups from a number of organisations visit the Francis Burt Law Education Programme to complement their corporate and organisational professional learning programmes. The programme for professional group visits is determined by the purpose of the visit.

The following provides a sample of the tour options:

Option 1: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Activities included:

  • Court in Session
  • Empty Court Activity or mock trial

Cost: $25 per participant. Minimum charge $250 per group*

Option 2: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Activities included:

  • Court in session
  • Empty court activity
  • Mock trial

Cost: $25 per participant. Minimum charge $250 per group*

* GST included. No charge for group leaders and assistants.

Mock trial scenarios

  • A day in the life of the Magistrates Court or
  • The State of Western Australia v. John GAVEN or
  • The State of Western Australia v. Charlie WRIGHT or
  • The State of Western Australia v. Audrey Campbell JACOB

University Groups

University groups from a number of faculties (e.g. Law and Education faculties) visit the Francis Burt Law Education Programme to complement their on-campus learning programmes. The programme for university group visits is determined by the purpose of the visit.

How to Book

Telephone: (08) 9324 8686
Email: schools@lawsocietywa.asn.au

Location:
The Old Court House Law Museum, Stirling Gardens, corner of Barrack St and St Georges Tce, Perth (next to the Supreme Court of Western Australia)

Education Resources

Education Resources

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The Francis Burt Law Education Programme provides legal and civics education resources to promote the Western Australian community’s understanding of the law, legal principles and the court system.

Student Resources

Year 11 to 12 Resources

Western Australian Curriculum

Year 11

Year 12

Advanced Resources

Teacher Resources

Other Resources

Court trial scenarios

Magistrates Court Trial: The Trial of James SMART: a scripted Magistrates Court criminal trial scenario.

Supreme Court or District Court Trial: The State of Western Australia v Goldie LOCKS: a scripted District Court criminal trial scenario.

Rule of Law

The Legal Studies page of the Rule of Law Institute of Australia website has numerous rule of law resources for teachers and students including:

  • What is the rule of law and why do we have it? Presentation: Nick Clark
  • The Rule of Law Lecture Series: The Hon. Kevin Lindgren AM QC
  • Video 1: What is the Rule of Law? (Including Western Australian worksheets and flashcards)
  • Video 2: Torts (Including Western Australian worksheets and flashcards)

Advanced legal education resources for the community

In addition, the Programme contributes legal and civics education resources to the Regional and Remote Schools Loan Box Programme.

Special Programmes and Events

Special Programmes and Events

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Lawyer visits to schools network

Lawyer visits to schools is an initiative of the Law Society and is coordinated by the Francis Burt Law Education Programme. The aim is to increase student awareness of the law, legal principles and the court system in Western Australia. The visits provide an exciting opportunity for the legal profession to engage with students and teachers in the community.

Requests for volunteer lawyer visits are initiated by schools and the Law Society circulates the request to members who may be able to accept the request on a volunteer basis. Volunteer lawyers visit schools free of charge and present to students on a topic requested by the teacher that initiates the request. Please see the frequently asked questions for more information.

To register your school, please complete an expression of interest form.

Subsidised Schools Visits Programme

Schools and community organisations that may lack the financial resources to participate in the Francis Burt Law Education Programme are invited to participate in the Subsidised School Visits Programme.

The cost of bus hire and the court visits tour fee is covered by the Law Society so there no cost for schools participating in the Programme.

The programme for groups participating in the Subsidised School Visits Programme adapts according to the needs of each group and may include an empty court activity, observing a court in session, an improvised or scripted court scenario and/or question and answer sessions with invited guests.

Please contact the Law Society to express your interest in the Programme if your school or community organisation lacks the financial resources to facilitate a visit.

Sponsored by

Curtin University
Edith Cowan University
Murdoch University
University of Notre Dame

Cluedunnit Kids Competition

The Cluedunnit Kids Competition provides Year 6 (and 5/6 composite) students with an opportunity to “investigate” a criminal offence with the goal of identifying the offender and submitting their findings to a panel of experts from the legal profession. Students compete against other Year 6 students from schools across Western Australia.

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Regional and Remote Schools Loan Box Programme

Legal and civic education resources are available though the Regional and Remote Schools Loan Box Programme. The Law Society prepares these boxes in conjunction with the Constitutional Centre of Western Australia, the Parliamentary Education Office and the Electoral Education Centre. The content is focused on the Western Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum for years 4-9.

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The box includes:

  • ‘Rule or Law?’ card game (years 4-9)
  • All Rise: a legal and civics worksheet booklet (years 4-9)
  • advice for arranging a visit to the Magistrates Court
  • teacher solution packs for each resource

These boxes are available, free of charge, for use by schools in the remote and regional areas of Western Australia for a period of one month. Further information about the Regional and Remote Schools Loan Box Programme can be obtained from the Constitutional Centre of Western Australia.

Youth Civics Leadership Day

As a part of Law Week the Law Society invites schools to nominate two Year 10 students, who have demonstrated leadership skills and/or civics awareness within their school and/or community, to participate in the Youth Civics Leadership Day Law Week event.

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Participants take part in a one-day leadership skills and civics awareness event at the Old Court House Law Museum in Perth. The event enhances the leadership skills and civics awareness that the participants have already displayed within their school and community.

Participants meet and interact with other like-minded students and young professionals from the legal profession during the day. The Programme includes a session on civic awareness and the law, a leadership skills workshop and a presentation from a motivational speaker. During the luncheon, participants have the opportunity to interact with young lawyers from a number of diverse organisations A Supreme Court Judge presents students with a Certificate of Participation at the end of the event

Participation is by invitation only.

2016 Youth Civics Leadership Day

Date: Monday, 16 May 2016
Time: 9am to 3.30pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Old Court House Museum
Contact:  schools@lawsocietywa.asn.au

Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture

Established in 1989, the Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture provides an opportunity for a person learned in the law and familiar with the public face of law to address issues of relevance to the Year 11-12 Politics and Law curriculum in a public forum.

Sponsored by

Murdoch University

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Previous presenters include:

  • Sir Ronald Wilson
  • the Right Honourable Lord MacKay of Clashfern
  • the Right Honourable Sir Ninian Stephen
  • Professor Rod Morgan
  • the Right Honourable Sir Zelman Cowen
  • Professor George Winterton
  • the Hon Justice Michael Kirby
  • the Hon Justice Alastair Nicholson
  • the Honourable Richard McGarvie
  • Her Honour Justice Carmel McLure
  • Father Frank Brennan AO
  • Chief Judge Antoinette Kennedy
  • Professor David Weisbrot
  • the Honourable Justice Robert French (as he then was)
  • Professor Greg Craven
  • the Hon Justice Michael Barker
  • the Hon Justice Michael Murray
  • Adjunct Professor Dennis Eggington
  • Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny
  • Ms Tammy Solonec
  • Winthrop Professor Stephen Smith
  • Mr Greg McIntyre SC

The Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture is directed at Year 11-12 Politics and Law students and teachers, however the profession are also invited to this popular lecture. A mix of secondary students, law students, members of the general public and members of the legal profession (including the Judiciary) are often present at the lecture.

To download past lecture papers and videos please visit Education Resources

2017 Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture

Presenter: TBC
Topic: TBC
Date:
Tuesday, 1 August or Wednesday, 2 August 2017
Time: 5.30pm to 7.00pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Central Perth location
Contact: schools@lawsocietywa.asn.au

Professional Development for Teachers and Other Professionals

The Law Society is committed to delivering professional learning opportunities that are meaningful and useful for teachers and other professionals. The Law Society aims to:

  • present two professional learning events every year
  • host the professional learning events, where possible, at fixed times every year (Week 9 of Term 1 and Week 8 of Term 4)
  • hold events that are interactive in nature and include contributions from various agencies
  • the events will be full day or half-day workshops

Professional Learning Programme Schedule

Year 7-10 Secondary Teachers Civics and Citizenship Professional Learning Day

The Francis Burt Law Education Programme has developed Western Australian focused year 7-10 secondary school programmes and resources mapped to the Western Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum. This workshop aims to improve secondary teachers’ understanding of essential legal principles, court personnel and the WA court hierarchy. Participants also observe a criminal matter in the Supreme Court or District Court.

Date: Monday, 1 May 2017 (Term 2, Week 2)
Time: TBC
Cost: $200 (morning tea and lunch included)
Venue: TBC
Registrations: Please email a completed registration form to schools@lawsocietywa.asn.au no later than Friday, 7 April 2017.

Year 3-6 Primary Teachers Civics and Citizenship Professional Learning Day

The Francis Burt Law Education Programme has developed Western Australian focused year 3-6 primary school programmes and resources to the Western Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum. This workshop aims to improve primary teachers’ understanding of essential legal principles, court personnel and the WA court hierarchy. Participants will observe a Magistrates Court in session.

Date: Monday, 3 July 2017 (1st Monday of the holidays)
Time: TBC
Cost: $200 (morning tea and lunch included)
Venue: TBC
Registrations: Please email a completed registration form to schools@lawsocietywa.asn.au no later than Monday, 19 June 2017.

The Hypothetical

Co-presented by the Law Society and Legal Aid WA, the Hypothetical is a panel discussion of a range of topical hypothetical scenarios concerning youth. Example topics include out of control parties, drug abuse, stealing, high speed car chases, driving without a licence, rights and responsibilities when interacting with police, underage drinking and supply of alcohol to minors.

The Hypothetical targets Year 7-10 students. The scenarios have been developed to give students an understanding of the factors that are considered by the courts, prisons and community services when dealing with young offenders. Members of the panel may include representatives from Legal Aid WA, the Western Australian Police, the Children’s Court of Western Australia, the Juvenile Justice Team and other youth focused community service organisations.

The audience is encouraged to interact with the panel and students are encouraged to bring their own relevant questions and/or scenarios to the event.

2016 Hypothetical

Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2016
Target audience: Year 7-10 students
Time: 1pm – 2.30pm
Cost: Free
Venue: The Supreme Court of Western Australia
Registrations: Essential. Flyer and registration formPlease email schools@lawsocietywa.asn.au

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Court Visits

How much do the tours cost?

School and Community Groups

(including primary school, secondary school, vocational college (formerly known as TAFE) and community groups)

  • 1 hour tour: $6 per participant (minimum charge: $60)
  • 1 hour 30 min tour: $7 per participant (minimum charge: $70)
  • 2 hour 15 min tour: $8 per participant (minimum charge: $80)
  • 3 hour 15 min tour: $10 per participant (minimum charge: $100)

International Language College Groups

  • 1 hour – 2 hour 15 min tour: $10 per participant (minimum charge: $100)

Professional Groups

  • 1 hour – 2 hour 15 min tour: $25 per participant (minimum charge: $250)

GST included. No charges for group leaders and assistants.

What is the maximum number of participants on a tour?

The maximum number of participants on a tour is 30. If there are more than 30 participants alternative arrangements can be made through consultation with the Education Officers. Limits on the number of participants on group tours are to ensure groups are able to access the public galleries in the courts.

Please note that two groups of 30 students can be scheduled at the same time. In such situations the groups will rotate through the education activities.

What supervision and behaviour is expected?

All schools are required to provide an adult supervisor to student ratio of 1:15. Therefore a class of 30 students will require a minimum of two adult supervisors, one of which must be a qualified teacher.

Supervising adults are requested to keep their students well-behaved and in their groups throughout the visit. Please make your students aware of the expectations regarding behaviour prior to the visit as the court environment is very formal and any disruption to the court is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

How can I arrange a tour?

Please provide the following details when arranging a tour:

  • possible dates for your group visit
  • your preferred tour option
  • your preferred starting schedule (see below for options)
  • number of participants
  • type of participants
  • name of teacher/group leader
  • name of school/organisation
  • contact details (postal address, phone number, email address)
  • confirmation of whether bus parking will be required

Morning tours are best scheduled from 9.45am or 10.00am and afternoon tours are best scheduled from 1.00pm. There is flexibility in the starting time of the tours and alternative times can be arranged through consultation with the Education Officers.

Contact the Education Officers on (08) 9324 8686 or schools@lawsocietywa.asn.au.

Is there parking for the groups?

Free bus parking, courtesy of the City of Perth, can be arrange for groups provided 48 hours notice is given. Please note that the City of Perth will not allow passenger vehicles to park in the bays reserved by the Law Society for bus parking under any circumstances.

Do you have public liability insurance?

All courts, including the Supreme Court, District Court and Magistrates Court have Public Liability Cover with Risk Cover. The Francis Burt Law Educaton Programme also has a Public Liability Certificate of Currency

Do you have an emergency evacuation plan?

The Francis Burt Law Education Programme has an evacuation procedure for the whole of the Old Court House.

In the event that an evacuation is required, it is essential that all school visitors take directions from the Education Officers in the Old Court House and the appointed Supreme Court, District Court and Magistrates Court Fire Wardens in those courts.

Teachers can ensure student safety by meeting the minimum supervision requirements and by ensuring that students stay in their groups with their adult supervisors whilst at the Museum and Courts. Once evacuation from the building occurs, all visitors will be assembled at a common point. Teachers will then be able to do a roll call there and will need to immediately alert the Fire Wardens if any students are missing. Please see the Emergency Response Plan for more information.

Do the Education Officers have current Working with Children Cards?

Yes, the Law Society ensures that the Education Officers have current Working with Children Cards.

Where is the Francis Burt Law Education Programme?

We are located in Stirling Gardens in Perth next to the Supreme Court of Western Australia. View Map

Are there other civics education providers we can also visit?

The following civics education providers are located within a convenient distance from the courts in Perth:

Lawyer Visits to School Network

For Schools

How can I request a lawyer visit to my school?

To request a lawyer visit to your school, please submit a completed Expression of Interest form.

How much notice is required to organise a lawyer visit to a school?

Please provide at least four weeks notice prior to the preferred dates of the visit. The Law Society will do its best to coordinate a volunteer lawyer willing to accommodate requests, however we cannot guarantee that the request will be taken up.

How will the lawyer visit to schools be scheduled?

On acceptance of a request the Law Society will provide the volunteer lawyer with your contact details. The volunteer will then contact you directly to coordinate the visit at a time convenient for both parties.

What will the volunteer lawyer present?

The Expression of Interest form requires you to identify a requested topic. When you speak to the volunteer lawyer you should specify the type of presentation required, e.g. a lecture, a talk interspersed with questions to your class or a simple question and answer period.

Does the volunteer lawyer require a current Working with Children Check?

Compliance with Working with Children Checks remains the responsibility of the individual volunteer lawyer and the school.

For Lawyers

How can I participate in the Lawyer Visits to Schools Network?

Lawyer visits to schools requests are advertised in Friday Facts. Please to contact the Education Officers at the Law Society to express an interest in volunteering to take up a request.

How will the lawyer visit to schools be scheduled?

On acceptance of a lawyer visit request and your expression of interest to take up the request, the Law Society will provide you with the teacher’s contact details. You are then required to contact the teacher directly to coordinate the visit at a time convenient for both parties.

How long does a lawyer visit to schools last?

The average lawyer visit to schools lasts approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour, however the length of the presentation depends on the topic and schedule availability.  You should discuss this with the teacher when you are arranging the visit.

What is presented in a lawyer visit to schools?

The topic of the presentation is requested by the teacher when they complete the expression of interest form.

You should confirm the type of presentation required with the teacher. Examples include a lecture, a talk interspersed with questions to your class or a simple question and answer period.

You are encouraged to consider the target audience when planning the presentation. An interactive presentation in which students have the opportunity to ask, and respond to, questions is likely to engage the audience.

Do I need a current Working with Children Check?

The Law Society has been advised by the Working With Children Unit that any person who volunteers to work in a school environment, even if occasionally and in the presence of a teacher, should still consider applying for a volunteer working with children card.

The application form can be obtained from any Post Office. The volunteer Working with Children Card costs $10.00 and is valid for three years.

Apply for a volunteer Working with Children Card

There is a provision referred to as the ‘five day threshold’ as outlined below.  However as a matter of good practice volunteers should obtain a WWC check clearance.

“What if I only work in child-related work occasionally?

If you work in child-related work for 5 days or less in a calendar year you will not be committing an offence if you do not apply for a WWC Check (except for people working in connection with a child care service and if you have ever committed a class 1 offence as an adult). You may, however, choose to apply. If you are unsure whether you may work in child-related work for more than 5 days in a calendar year it is recommended that you apply for a WWC Check.    If you do not apply for a WWC Check because you do not work on more than 5 days in a calendar year, you are still required under the legislation to:
– report any relevant change in your criminal record, or
– cease child-related work immediately if convicted of a Class 1 offence as an adult.”

Source:  www.checkwwc.wa.gov.au

Compliance with Working with Children Checks remains the responsibility of the individual volunteer lawyer and the school. 

Will lawyers be reimbursed for travel?

Lawyers volunteering to participate in these visits are not reimbursed for any travel costs incurred.