Volunteers from the Court Education Program and Court Network were recognised at a special event.
At a gathering on 19 May attended by judges of the Court, volunteers from the Court Education Program and Court Network were presented with badges and certificates by Senior Registry, Disability and Court Network Liaison Officer Natasha Russo and Education and Engagement Officer Christina Varcoe acknowledging their contribution to the Court.
Justice Rita Incerti spoke on the positive impact that both programs make, highlighting how students participating in the Education Program leave engaged and inspired.
Court Network Program Coordinator Meghan O’Connor, who also attended the event, thanked the Court Network volunteers for their work supporting those in need.
About the Court Education Program
The Supreme Court’s Education Program offers both on-site and online sessions for VCE Legal Studies students, providing an opportunity to learn about the Court and observe courtroom proceedings. Between 6 February and 19 May 2023, the Education Team volunteers have delivered the program to more than 40 school groups in on-site sessions, totalling more than 1,000 students.
A number of judicial officers also take part in the program to speak to school groups about their experience and role in the justice system.
To learn more or book a school session, visit the Court Education Program.
About Court Network
Court Network is a community organisation that provides non-legal support for those who are engaging with the court system and play an integral role in ensuring access to justice.
Court Network volunteers, known as Networkers, offer services for those who may feel vulnerable and help those who may be attending court for the first time, and are unfamiliar with the rules and processes, to navigate the court system.
At the Supreme Court, Networkers are located by the Registry’s Concierge Service at the William Street entrance, from 9 am – 11 am every day. They provide court attendees with directions, assist people to access the Daily List. Court Network volunteers also provide support by:
- Arranging pre-trial court tours to help users become familiar with the court environment.
- Providing non-aligned, non-judgemental and confidential emotional and practical support before, during, and after a court appearance.
- Providing a safe waiting space. Court Network has three rooms within the Supreme Court precinct.
Additionally, Networkers also provide information and referrals to other services, such as family violence services, victim support, housing, mental health and community legal centres.