People with restricted mobility who have limited access to services will be among those to benefit from Law Week activities in the Tweed this week.
Staff of Tweed Heads Local Court are out and about visiting a number of retirement villages, residential care facilities and the local hospital to sign Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship forms for community members who can’t easily make these arrangements themselves.
‘Law Week provides a great opportunity to visit less-mobile members of the community, to explain how Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship work and to help take some of the worry out of what can be quite stressful situations,’ said Karryn Gavenlock, registrar of Tweed Heads Local Court.
‘People who live in assisted care and patients in hospital can find it difficult to access important services because of their often restricted mobility,’ Ms Gavenlock said.
‘Our Law Week events aim to alleviate that difficulty for members of the Tweed Heads community.’
Tweed Heads Local Court will visit two care facilities as well as hosting a signing session at the courthouse on Recreation Street on today between 10am and noon.
Members of the public will also be able to take a tour of the courthouse today between 1.30pm and 2pm. Ms Gavenlock, a local duty solicitor and a police prosecutor will be available to answer questions during the tour.
Other Law Week events in the Tweed Heads region include:
- A ‘Wills Day’ hosted by the NSW Trustee & Guardian’s Lismore branch on Saturday, where people can make – or update – their will.
- ‘Legal Information at the Library’ sessions hosted by the Richmond Tweed Regional Library, where Legal Studies students can learn how to use the library’s Legal Information Access Centre resources.
National Law Week is an annual event that aims to increase awareness of the law and improve access to legal services in the community. National Law Week runs 14–20 May. The theme of Law Week 2012 is Law and Justice in Your Community.
For further information about Law Week and what is happening in your area, visit: www.lawweek.com.au.