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Legal assistance

The Attorney-General's Department provides legal and justice services for the South Australian government and community.


Legal advice

Legal Services Commission of South Australia

The Legal Services Commission offers a number of free services

  • Legal chat is available during business hours, offering fast legal information through a chat box.
  • 24 Legal allows you to quickly access common legal information that’s written in plain-English.
  • The Legal Helpline offers basic legal advice over the telephone -1300 366 424.

Community Legal Centres

Community Legal Centres (CLCs) provide legal assistance in the form of information, advice, representation services, law reform and community legal education.

The South Australian Attorney-General’s Department and the commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department jointly fund 8 Community Legal Centres across South Australia. Visit the South Australian Community Legal Centres website to find your nearest Community Legal Centre

Law Society of South Australia

The Law Society of South Australia also provides assistance:

  • for information on the Litigation Assistance Fund phone 8110 5263
  • for a referral service phone 8229 0288 or visit the Law Society of South Australia website.

Public prosecutions

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) prosecutes major indictable offences on behalf of the South Australian community.

ODPP also provides the Witness Assistance Service (WAS), a state-wide information, education, support and referral service to victims of crime, witnesses for the prosecution and their immediate families.


Legal services for government

The Crown Solicitor's Office (CSO) provides a broad litigious practice, providing legal advice and representation to ministers, government departments and statutory authorities on a daily basis.

CSO provides legal expertise in the following areas: 

  • commercial law
  • administrative and environmental law
  • litigation
  • Native Title
  • advising.

CSO also provides conveyancing services (for example, title searches and settlements), as well as in-house specialist investigation services offered by the Government Investigations Unit.

The Solicitor-General appears for the state when constitutional issues that affect the interests of the state come before the High Court.

The Solicitor-General also appears in the Full Court of the Supreme Court and other courts in the state on instructions from the Crown Solicitor and the Director of Public Prosecutions.


Legislation

The Office of Parliamentary Counsel:

  • provides legislative drafting and advisory services to the Cabinet and Ministers, South Australian Government departments and agencies, the Parliament and its Committees and members
  • prepares up-to-date consolidations of all South Australian legislation (principal and subordinate)
  • maintains a database of all SA legislation and information relating to South Australian legislation and ensures the legislation and information can be published in print and electronic form.