Over 1,000 lawyers and community members from across Queensland will take an early-morning walk in support of access to justice this Tuesday 14 May.
The Queensland Legal Walk raises funds for LawRight and is led by The Honourable Catherine Holmes, Chief Justice of Queensland and the Hon Yvette D’Ath MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills.
These same lawyers step out from their offices all year-round to provide 30,000 hours of free legal services at homelessness and community services, hospitals and health services, courts and tribunals. LawRight coordinates this pro bono effort to improve the housing, income, well-being and legal rights of vulnerable Queenslanders.
Walkers set off simultaneously in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Townsville, Cairns, Mackay and on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
The Queensland Legal Walk has become a feature of Law Week, celebrating the legal profession’s commitment to access to justice for the most vulnerable members of the community.
“LawRight reaches out to people with severe mental illness, young people with chronic health conditions and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to provide legal services that are not funded by government. Even our government-funded services are supplemented through fundraising,” notes
LawRight Joint Director, Sue Garlick. “People experiencing severe disadvantage have legal problems which need to be carefully addressed at the same time as their health and housing needs. Without funds from the Walk, some LawRight services will end.”
This year’s Walk will also raise funds to meet the legal need of Townsville flood victims.
In Brisbane the Walk will start at 7.00am from the Queen Elizabeth II Court Complex and follow a 5km route along the Brisbane River. Walkers will assemble from 6.30am onwards and will gather back at the start point from around 7.45 until 8.15 for brief speeches.