Become a Legal Observer
Legal Observers play a crucial role monitoring and reporting on police behaviour at protest events, protecting and asserting civil and political rights. Their role is to document breaches of human rights, arrests, use of force incidents, and report upon police behaviour and manoeuvres. Legal Observers also provide independent reassurance for activists when confronted by a police presence.
MALS fields Legal Observers to monitor human rights at a wide range of protests, actions, and rallies on environmental and social justice issues.
You don’t have to be a lawyer or legally trained to be a Legal Observer, but education in the relevant laws, police powers, observational skills and Legal Observing protocols is very important. Our practical training workshops teach these fundamentals of Legal Observing.
To become a Legal Observer for MALS, you are required to attend one introductory training session, and two practical in-the-field events (at upcoming protests) with a buddy.
Legal Observing is suitable for all persons and abilities. Practicing lawyers and law students are strongly encouraged to get involved.
If you’d like to become a Legal Observer, and you are based in Melbourne, then keep an eye out for our next training workshops on our events page or join our mailing-list for up-to-date e-mail notifications.
See you on the streets!