The first ever Justice Week designed to put justice and the rule of law at the centre stage of public and political debate is set to run at the end of October.

The initiative is the work of the three legal professional bodies – Bar Council, Law Society and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. It runs from Monday 29 October to Friday 2 November and features a programme of research, public events and digital content. It follows on from Pro Bono Week, 22 to 26 October, which continues its spotlight on lawyers’ voluntary legal work.

With many parts of the legal system at breaking point, due to funding cuts, Justice Week is designed to boost the profile of justice and the rule of law and make the case for why they are so fundamental to society, the economy and democracy.

Building on the achievements of National Pro Bono Week, Justice Week will also celebrate the pro bono work of legal professionals and support, guide and encourage those looking to undertake it for the first time.

* Meanwhile, as part of the celebrations to mark the start of the legal year, the Temple Church is holding a special choral evening on Wednesday 3 October at 5.30pm, with a speech by philosopher and Inner Temple Bencher, Sir Roger Scruton, on ‘The Law of the Land’. Followed by a drinks reception, the event is open to all members of chambers, staff and families in and around the Temple, but primarily aimed at those who have not attended the official ceremony in Westminster Abbey.