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In Africa it is said that justice is open to all – and so is the Intercontinental Hotel. The hard reality is that most Africans do not know their legal rights and lack the means to obtain advice and representation. For example, in Uganda 90% of lawyers live in the capital Kampala, whilst 95% of the populace cannot afford to retain a private lawyer. Justice then becomes a luxury of the wealthy few. Hard won doctrines taken for granted by Australian lawyers such as the rule of law and judicial independence are still to be fought for. Injustice in the justice system is often the norm.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8 and 9)

In partnership with lawyers in the developing world CLEAR, Christian Lawyers for Justice, aims to provide human rights education and offer legal assistance to those suffering injustice… Want to be involved? PrayDoGoGive.

You can also find out about: CLEARThe Need (Stories)CLEAR VisionCLEAR Inspiration and contact CLEAR.

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More opening of the legal year celebrations - this time from our friends in Canberra.

St Thomas More Mass for the Commencement of the Legal Year 2018

Saturday 17 February 2018 at 12.15pm - St Christopher's Cathedral. The Most Rev. Christopher Prowse, Archbishop of Canberra, invites all Judges, Magistrates, lawyers and legal associates to celebrate Mass to mark the opening of the 2018 Law Year.

As he does each year, Archbishop Prowse wishes to affirm lawyers in the important task in the administration of Justice in the Australian Capital Territory. Most importantly all Catholic and non-Catholic members of the profession, be they Barristers, Solicitors, or lawyers practising in different spheres, are most warmly welcome.

Refreshments will follow at the Archdiocesan Centre. 55 Franklin Street, Manuka (next door to the Cathedral).
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The Victorian Christian Legal Society (VCLS) invites you to come along to the Victorian Bar's ecumenical church service for the opening of the legal year.

The service will be held on Monday 29 January 2018 at 10.30 am at St Paul's Cathedral (Corner Flinders Lane and Swanston Street, Melbourne).

If you would like more information about the event, please visit the Victorian Bar website or email president@clsvictoria.org .
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