Ombudsman Deborah Glass launches Law Week

JUSTICE: Ombudsman Deborah Glass addressed Border lawyers at the opening of the annual Law Week celebration. Picture: MARK JESSER
JUSTICE: Ombudsman Deborah Glass addressed Border lawyers at the opening of the annual Law Week celebration. Picture: MARK JESSER

Victorian Ombudsman Deborah Glass officially opened Law Week in Wodonga on Friday, saying the purpose of the week was to improve the accessibility of the law.

Ms Glass said her speech at the Hume Riverina Community Legal Service law week launch focused on explaining the diverse role of an ombudsman.

Hume senior lawyer Karen Keegan said the office of the Victorian Ombudsman played a vital role in ensuring people had an independent body to approach when issues needed to be resolved.

“Our motto is ‘Linking the community with the Law’ and while we do this on a daily basis, Law Week is a chance for us to extend that beyond legal assistance to broader legal education,” she said.

Ms Glass said Law Week was about legal professionals opening themselves up to create public understanding.

She said she had been working with community legal services to help them understand how the ombudsman could help assist their clients in certain cases.