Justice Week 2021

Hosted for its third year by the Bar Council, CILEx and the Law Society, Justice Week 2021 will take place from 1 to 5 March 2021, exclusively online.

Justice Week exists in order to improve the ability of the public to access justice, and has the following specific objectives:

  • build public support and understanding for the rule of law and justice;
  • increase public understanding of the role of government in the justice system; and
  • identify and secure support for actions which could improve justice.

Rights and Justice: the cost of Covid-19

No single event in recent history has had as pervasive, immediate and indelible an effect on all our lives, our communities and our institutions as the Covid-19 pandemic. And this is as true of our laws and our justice system as it is of other essential public services.

Our most vulnerable citizens, from those at risk of domestic violence to people living in care homes, have struggled to access justice when they have needed it the most. Our courts and tribunals have had to embrace the world of remote hearings almost overnight, and it is not clear if and when normality will return. Our freedoms have been limited and policed in new and at times controversial ways.

Against this background, now is the time for a vital health check on our rights, our justice system and ultimately on the rule of law.

Resources and activities

The below activities will form the backbone of the week, and be promoted throughout via our media activity, including social media using #JusticeWeek2021.

Monday 1 March 2021

The Big Legal Lesson

The Big Legal Lesson is an opportunity for as many children and young people as possible to learn about justice and the rule of law, during Justice Week 2021. Led by Young Citizens, it is supported by a free teaching resource for English and Welsh schools, with different versions for different age groups. 

Tuesday 2 March 2021

Accessing justice for wrongful convictions

This free online panel event, hosted by the Bar Council and Inside Justice as part of Justice Week 2021, focuses on accessing justice for wrongful convictions. During the session our speakers will take the audience through the work required in a real-life investigation to identify a killer, and have the murder conviction of an innocent man quashed. 

Register here.

Wednesday 3 March 2021

Go the Extra Mile for Justice Day 2021

Challenge yourself to Go the Extra Mile for Justice with the Access to Justice Foundation to support free legal advice services across the UK during Justice Week.

To see the range of ways you can get involved, visit the Access to Justice Foundation website, or email the fundraising and development manager, Laura Cassidy, at events@atjf.org.uk

Thursday 4 March 2021

Justice Week Question Time

Justice Week Question Time is the headline event of Justice Week and will be a live online panel session, answering questions directly sourced from anyone who would like to ask one.

Our panel will give their views on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our democracy.

Lord Sumption, former Justice of the Supreme Court, Michael Olatokun and Professor Dame Hazel Genn are confirmed as speakers and we will be confirming other speakers in the lead up to the event.

Sign up to the event

Friday 5 March 2021

The Big Legal Lesson

In concert with Young Citizens and Allen & Overy, the Big Legal Lesson will take place for the second year running, with the aim of boosting young people’s support and understanding of the fundamentals of the justice system.

During Justice Week 2020, the Big Legal Lesson was delivered to approximately 46,350 young people. It's hoped that Justice Week 2021 will reach even more young people as for the first time, it will include home-based and individual activities.