Northern Territory Opening of the Legal Year 2021
Speech delivered virtually by Dr Jacoba Brasch QC, President, Law Council of Australia at the Opening of the Legal Year, Darwin, 28 January 2021.
"Globally, 2020 presented unprecedented challenges. The legal and justice system within which we all work, has been tested.
Changes to the way we conduct our business, whether that be with the courts or with our clients, were required. But these changes do not alter the fundamentals of our role as custodians of the rule of law – the rule of law which underpins Australian democracy.
Promoting and protecting the rule of law in Australia is at the very heart of the Law Council of Australia’s remit at a federal level. It too, is the lifeblood of every bar association and law society around Australia.
But none of us would consider the rule of law a lofty, vague concept, removed from the lives of ordinary Australians..."
You can read the full speech below.