Murder mystery wins top gong at Justice Awards

05 November 2014

AlburyCity has won a Law and Justice Foundation Award recognising the LibraryMuseum's innovative Law Week Program.

Council accepted the award in Sydney last week for its Crime Scene murder mystery event, which topped the Legal Information Access Centre 'Centre of Excellence' category.

Held annually, the Justice Awards recognise individuals and groups who have made an outstanding contribution to improving access to justice, especially for socially and economically disadvantaged people in NSW.

As part of its Law Week activities in May, Council staff transformed the LibraryMuseum into a mock-crime scene with clues hidden throughout the building. Members of the public were asked to play the role of detective and help solve the grisly murder, at times using the LibraryMuseum's legal resources for assistance.

Year 9 students studying Forensic Science at Victory Lutheran College assisted in planning the evening and played the roles of suspects and witnesses to the crime.

"We're always devising new and innovative ways to engage people and Law Week was a huge success. It combined fun and intrigue with practical insight into the legal process," Team Leader of Libraries and Museum Programs Carina Clement said.

"To win this award is a great acknowledgement of the effort our staff put into planning the event, and their ingenuity in designing a concept that was both entertaining and informative."