Thursday, April 24, 2003


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Law for non-lawyers will give you the tools you need to find your way around the legal system and make the most of the law.

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The course will be run over two days Thu 22 May and Fri 23 May 2003, for more information, contact Natalie Clark or Andrew Dalton on (02) 9698 3066

By Redfern Legal Centre 24 April 03

THE CASEWORKER: In Australia today my advice to my clients is to stay out of trouble if they can. Why? Because unless you're Kerry Packer you have no defence. Forget about watchdogs that are merely lapdogs. Once you're accused there is no help and you can't beat city hall and the right wing media in their efforts to exploit you.

The only way to defend yourself is to provide funds for a team of lawyers to sue the government for damages and or put them on show about their behaviour towards you, by raising an article and by having a media outlet to broadcast the issues you have raised.

There are slim opportunities for poor people to lodge a claim for damages however, more often than not you will lose your own case for numerous reasons including the fact that you become first identity with remarks from a disgruntled judge because you made a mistake on your application or did not follow the rules of the court.

Remember it is their institutions and their rule of law.