Resources: Police powers and protests: what are your legal rights?

This webinar was presented on 9 December 2020. The recording is below.
Protests have been occurring across the country – Black Lives Matter, climate change, changes to education, and more – with many events having a heavy police presence.
This webinar is for anyone who has attended a protest – or is considering attending one – and wants to know more about their legal rights. Learn practical tips and answers to the following questions...
What are your legal rights if:
  • you are protesting in a group of more than 20?
  • you are told to move on by police?
  • you are arrested?
  • force is used against you?
  • you are under 18?
  • you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander?
  • you are kettle sprayed or capsicum sprayed?
Facilitated by Samantha Lee, Police Accountability Solicitor at Redfern Legal Centre.
  • Felicity Graham: Barrister, Blackstone Chambers, and former Trial Advocate for Aboriginal Legal Service
  • Jane Sanders: Principal solicitor of the Shopfront Youth Legal Centre.
  • Peter O'Brien: Principal Lawyer and founder of O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors

For further info, see RLC fact sheets:

Presented by Redfern Legal Centre and DLA Piper.

This webinar is not a substitute for legal advice.


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