What would we do without the volunteers in the legal system? Volunteers in the legal system? There are volunteers in the legal system? Yes, and they are many and varied.  Have a listen to the ABC's Law Report's special program on volunteers in the courts.

ABC Radio National, The Law Report.

When most of us picture a court in our minds eye, we visualise judges and magistrates sitting behind an elevated court bench and robed or suited lawyers who address the bench from the bar table.

But chances are there is a third, discrete force present in the courtroom. They are volunteers, as well as other support workers such as Salvation Army Chaplains. They play an essential, but little understood, role in helping people access, understand and navigate their way through the our courts and our justice system. This week to celebrate National Volunteers Week, a special forum at the Law Institute of Victoria focuses on the role and power of volunteers.