Forum: Rural Youth and the Law – Successes and Challenges
How well does the justice system respond to issues for young people in rural and regional communities?
The Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice at Deakin University invites you to participate in a free rural law forum discussing the successes and challenges of rural youth and the law.
What is working well and where is there need for improvement? Come along to this free Q and A style interactive forum and share your stories and experiences and pose questions and comments to our panel.
The panel will discuss current needs and initiatives aimed at improving access to justice system services and programs for young people in Rural Victoria. We will also hear about the role of the recently established Victorian Commission for Children and Young People as it relates to rural youth.
This forum will be hosted from Melbourne and video conferenced to 10 locations across Victoria.
Panel members include:
Judge Peter Couzens, President of the Children’s Court of Victoria.
Prior to his appointment in May of this year, Judge Couzens served for over 20 years as a Magistrate in Victoria, most recently based in Ballarat as Co-ordinating Magistrate for the Grampians region
Bernie Geary, Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People
Bernie Geary OAM has worked with vulnerable young people and their families for over 40 years. During this time he has been an advisor and advocate on issues relating to vulnerable children, young people and their families. He has previously served on the Victorian Youth Parole Board.
Katrina Wong, Lawyer, Youth Law
Youth Law aims to provide an accessible legal service to young people, focusing on areas of unmet legal need. To address systemic legal and social justice issues in Victoria through community education, advocacy and law reform both for and with young people and their advocates.
Jen Morris, Human Rights Officer, Youth Disability Advocacy Service
The Youth Disability Advocacy Service is a state wide service for young people with disabilities in Victoria.
Questions will be welcome from all sites during the forum and we encourage you to let us
know in advance if you have a specific question you would like to ask. Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice
The mission of the Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice is to enhance access to improved justice systems and services for rural and regional Australians through research, education, engagement and advocacy.
The Centre for Rural and Regional Law and Justice (CRRLJ) is a unique centre of the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University which draws on cross disciplinary knowledge and expertise, and provides an opportunity to engage meaningfully with regional communities, services, industry and government.