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For detailed information about the law, see the Law Handbook and 24 Legal.

Browse, view and print the below publications, by topic or by intended audience, or collect a copy from an office of the Legal Services Commission or ServiceSA.

If you need to place a bulk order, please do so through the Online Order Form.   

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Accidents and Injuries

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Motor Vehicle Accident Kit

This kit is to assist people who want to handle their own claim for the repairs to their vehicles as the result of an accident.
(32 page PDF download)

Published
29-07-2016
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Advance Directives and Wills

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Advanced Care Directives

Information on what Advanced Care Directives are and what they are used for

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Power of Attorney

If you give another person your ‘power of attorney’, it simply means that you give that person the power to act on your behalf (for example, to buy and sell things for you or operate your bank account).

Published
28-01-2016
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Wills

By making a will you are saying who you want to get your property and possessions (your ‘estate’) when you die.

Published
28-01-2016
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Consumers and Goods

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Beware Door-to-Door Sales: What You Need to Know

A door-to-door sales person may knock at your home and try to sell you something or ask you to change your gas, electricity or telephone supplier. This factsheet explains the rules that sales people must adhere to, your consumer rights and where you can get further help.

Published
16-05-2012
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Do Not Knock Stickers

Keep unwanted door-to-door sellers away with the Do Not Knock sticker. When displayed in a prominent location it sends a clear message to salespeople – ‘you’re not welcome at this address.’

Published
16-05-2012
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Unclaimed Goods

Unclaimed goods are things which have come into your possession but legally belong to someone else. If you sell or dispose of these goods without the owner’s consent you are committing a criminal offence.                                                                            ...
Published
28-07-2014
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Neighbours (fences, trees, noise etc)

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Fences and the Law

This booklet answers common questions about dividing fences and explains the legal procedure you need to follow when you want to erect, replace or repair a boundary fence. Updated November 2017.
(24 page PDF download)

Published
30-11-2017
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Noisy Neighbours

Noise from neighbours is a common source of nuisance, and for some people can be very upsetting. The main problems are caused by barking dogs, loud music or TV, shouting, banging doors and cars.

Published
01-07-2017
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493kb
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Preventing Conflicts in the Modern Neighbourhood

A publication from Mediation SA providing advice and tips on being a good neighbour and how to resolve disputes

Published
17-11-2015
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Retaining Walls

A retaining wall is a structure built to retain a difference in ground level. While a retaining wall can serve as the footing for a fence, the wall itself is not  considered to be a fence and is covered by different laws. ...
Published
10-11-2015
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Trees and the Law

The purpose of this booklet is to outline the law relating to tree problems between private neighbours and to suggest some practical ways in which problems may be avoided. Updated December 2016.
(20 page PDF download)

Published
01-12-2017
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Criminal and Traffic

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Drink Driving and the Law

There are two different drink driving offences: driving over the limit, that is, exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA) and driving under the influence (DUI).

Published
12-12-2017
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Going to Court

This fact sheet is for persons who have been charged with a criminal offence and have to attend a criminal law court. The civil and family law courts have different rules.

Published
31-08-2017
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The Police and You

Police in South Australia have wide powers and responsibilities. If you have contact with the police, it is important that you are clear about your legal rights. It is sensible to be helpful and courteous to police. However, you should not let the police abuse their powers or treat you in an improper manner.

Published
09-02-2016
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860kb

Debt and Bankruptcy

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Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy is a way of saying “I can’t pay my debts!”. The general effect of bankruptcy is to wipe the slate clean, so that you can make a new start.

Published
28-01-2016
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Debts

Many of us go through a time when we cannot afford to repay money we owe. If you are being asked to pay money which you think you do not owe, you should seek help quickly to protect your rights.

Published
20-04-2017
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How to Recover a Debt

This PDF can be used if someone owes an established debt under $12,000, known as a Minor Civil Claim. An established debt means that the amount of money owed is fixed, for example: a dishonoured cheque, money owed for work done, money owed for goods, and money lent.
(24 page PDF download)

 

Published
02-11-2017
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Mortgage Stress Handbook

A practical guide for people having trouble with their mortgage.

Published by Legal Aid New South Wales & Consumer Credit Legal Centre NSW
(98 page PDF download)

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Child Support

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Adult Child Maintenance

If you are over 18 years of age and are unable to support yourself because you are completing your education, you may be entitled to receive adult child maintenance from your parent(s).

Published
29-04-2014
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Child Support

Parents who do not live together need to make arrangements to ensure that their children receive financial support. Usually this means the payment of child support from one parent to the other.

Published
29-10-2014
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Maintenance - Child and Spousal

Orders can be made under the Family Law Act, 1975 for various types of maintenance payments, which are not covered by the Child Support Scheme.

Published
23-05-2007
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Family Relationships

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De Facto Relationships

 A de facto relationship is one where two adults live together as a couple. It is not enough just to live in the same house, or even to sleep in the same bed. To have a de facto relationship you must both intend to live together as a couple.

Published
28-01-2016
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Family Advocacy and Support Service - FASS

The Family Advocacy and Support Service (FASS) provides duty lawyer and social work services to people with family law matters and is based in the Family Law Courts building.

Published
10-04-2017
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Family Law and You

The Family Law Act is the main law that deals with divorce, disputes about children and the property of married and defacto couples. Updated June 2017.
(36 page PDF download) 

 

Published
04-07-2017
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Family Law Conferencing

Conferencing is a meeting between people involved in a family law dispute. Conferencing is a type of family dispute resolution. It can help you to resolve your dispute without going to court

Published
24-07-2017
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Family Law Handbook & Services Directory

This booklet outlines the services that make up the family law system. Contact details for the main support services and agencies, organised by location, are also provided and may be of benefit to you and your family.
 

Published by the SA Family Law Pathways Network.

Published
18-06-2013
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Having a Grandchild in Your Care

Are you a grandparent that is currently caring for a grandchild on a long term basis? Do you look after a grandchild for long periods of time? Are you raising a grandchild - or considering this? Then this factsheet is for you. 

Published
13-12-2012
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Maintenance - Child and Spousal

Orders can be made under the Family Law Act, 1975 for various types of maintenance payments, which are not covered by the Child Support Scheme.

Published
23-05-2007
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Same Sex Relationships

A same-sex relationship recognised by the law is one where two adults live together as a couple. It is not enough just to live in the same house, or even to sleep in the same bed. To have a recognisable relationship you must both intend to live together as a couple. ...
Published
22-02-2017
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Should I supervise contact?

Supervised contact means that the Court wants a responsible third person present when a parent spends time with their child.
 

Published
23-02-2011
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Family Violence

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Cyber Stalking and Cyber Harassment

Cyber Stalking and Cyber Harassment: Potential legal responses to abuse via technology

Published
30-05-2017
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Intervention Orders

An intervention order (previously known as a restraining order) is a court order which prohibits a person from behaving in a particular manner towards a protected person or persons.

Published
22-07-2014
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When there is an Intervention Order against You

This factsheet provides information about restrictions applying to Intervention Orders (formerly known as a Restraining Order) for defendants. 

 

Published
12-04-2012
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Going to Court

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Court and Tribunal Fee Waiver Guide

A guide on how to apply for an exemption or waiver of court and tribunal fees. 
(33 page PDF download)

Published
23-02-2016
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Do you have a court date? Easy Read Guide

Have you been charged with an offence? Do you have a court date? If yes, this easy read resource sets out what you need to do.

Published
27-07-2017
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Going to Court

This fact sheet is for persons who have been charged with a criminal offence and have to attend a criminal law court. The civil and family law courts have different rules.

Published
31-08-2017
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197kb

Child Protection

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Child Protection

The law concerning child protection in South Australia is the Children’s Protection Act 1993. This Act gives authority to Families SA to intervene when a child is at risk (i.e. when there are serious child protection concerns). 

Published
10-05-2012
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Legal Help

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Free 'Legal Resources Guide'

This comprehensive guide gives useful contact details for the Legal Services Commission, Community Legal Services, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement and other legal services in SA. Print on A3 paper for handy reference.

Published
04-08-2017
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Free Legal Help Flip Book

Do you have a legal problem? This easy read resource shows there are many ways the Legal Services Commission can help. We can assist you when you visit one of our offices, when you call our Legal Helpline or online.

Published
28-07-2015
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Got a Problem? Cards

Free to order double side colour cards - from our 'Got a problem?' campaign promoting the services provided by the Legal Services Commission.

 

Published
31-07-2013
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Got a Problem? Poster

Free to order A-3 colour poster - a resource from our 'Got a Problem?' campaign promoting the services provided by the Legal Services Commission.

 

Published
31-07-2013
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Legal Health Check-Up

This easy read legal health check can help you work out if you have a legal problem – it could be any kind of common problem ranging from fencing disputes to funeral policies to phone scams, as well as domestic violence matters, wills and workplace bullying. Individuals are encouraged to consider questions about their ‘legal health’ on this form, and if they identify any issue...
Published
20-06-2017
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Legal Help Easy Read Guide

This easy read resource sets out what to do if you have a legal problem, including what services are available at the Legal Services Commission and how to access them.

Published
20-06-2017
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Need Legal Help?

The Legal Services Commission helps people with legal problems. You may have been arrested, had a car accident, have a problem with your family, received a summons, or any of a hundred other things and not know where to go.

Published
28-01-2016
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Sexual Assault

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Laws to protect people from sexual abuse Easy Read Guide

This easy read resource sets out the laws that protect people from sexual abuse and where help is available.

Published
20-06-2017
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Prevention of sexual exploitation of people with cognitive impairment

This factsheet is for community workers and volunteers working with people with cognitive impairment. It provides information about laws from 30 March 2015 to better protect people with a cognitive impairment from sexual exploitation.

Published
20-06-2017
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Sex Consent and the Law

Becoming sexually active is a big step. It is important that you understand your legal rights and obligations when it comes to sex – so you know where you stand.

Published
25-05-2017
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Trusted Moments Postcard

Trusted Moments is a short film produced by the Legal Services Commission about risky behaviour. The promotional postcard highlights the website - www.trustedmoments.com.au - while a QR link opens the film trailer on your mobile.

Published
29-11-2012
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Trusted Moments poster

The poster resource for the Trusted Moments short film which was produced in 2012 by the Legal Services Commission Community Legal Education Unit. Additional support materials can be found on the www.trustedmoments.com.au website.

Published
26-11-2012
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292kb

Strata and Community Titles

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Community Titles - Legal Guide

A new publication highlighting the changes to community titles in South Australia.

(48 page PDF download)

Published
01-12-2014
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Strata Titles - Legal Guide

A recently updated publication highlighting the changes to strata titles in South Australia and provides information regarding the rights and responsibilities of strata unit owners.
(36 page PDF download)

Published
20-01-2014
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792kb

Workers' Rights

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Adverse Action: Workers' Rights

This factsheet explains your rights to a workplace that is free from discrimination, and one which allows you to exercise your general workplace rights without fear of reprisal. 

Published
11-07-2011
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Awards, Agreements & Employment Standards: Workers' Rights

This factsheet outlines how your workplace rights and conditions are protected by law. The National Employment Standards (NES) provide minimum entitlements to all employees. 

Published
11-07-2011
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Balancing Work & Life: Workers' Rights

This factsheet explains options and entitlements that can be considered by individuals so as to balance life and work commitments. 

Published
11-07-2011
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Before You Apply or Accept a Job: Workers' Rights

A factsheet explaining what should be contained in a job offer, your rights in signing workplace offers and employment contracts  - as well as where to get more advice if needed.

Published
11-07-2011
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Different Ways of Working: Workers' Rights

A factsheet that defines the various ways of working and the varying entitlements of an individual if they are a permanent, casual, pieceworker or fixed term employee. 

Published
11-07-2011
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Discrimination & Sexual Harassment: Workers' Rights

This factsheet explains your rights for a workplace free of discrimination and sexual harassment. It outlines how to stop unacceptable behaviour in the work environment - as well as how you can obtain more support or pursue legal action.

Published
11-07-2011
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267kb
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Leave: Workers' Rights

A factsheet that defines the National Employment Standards (NES), leave entitlements, leave loading, personal and carers leave - as well as your responsibilities regarding workplace leave. 

Published
11-07-2011
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222kb
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Negotiating With Your Employer: Workers' Rights

A factsheet providing hints and tips for effectively negotiating with your employer, as well as some workplace conditions that could be considered appropriate to negotiate for. 

Published
11-07-2011
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Parental Leave: Workers' Rights

This factsheet defines parental leave, who is entitled to parental leave - along with your rights and responsibilities concerning parental leave and your employer. 

Published
11-07-2011
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359kb
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Superannuation: Workers' Rights

The Superannuation Guarantee Act currently provides almost all workers at least a nine per cent superannuation contribution from their employer on top of their ordinary pay and the right to determine which fund they contribute to. 

Published
11-07-2011
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Unfair Dismissal: Workers' Rights

A factsheet defining what constitutes unfair dismissal, the Termination Entitlements employers are obligated to provide, how to apply for unfair dismissal under the Fair Work Act - as well as where to seek additional support.

Published
11-07-2011

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Unions & Employee Associations: Workers' Rights

This factsheet explains your rights to join a Union or employee association. You don’t need your employer’s permission to join and you don’t have to tell your employer that you belong to a Union if you don’t wish to. 

Published
11-07-2011
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When Your Job Ends: Workers' Rights

There are many different ways that your job may end, and each way has different legal requirements and implications. 

Published
11-07-2011
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Workers' Compensation & Safety: Workers' Rights

If you are injured at work or become ill as a result of work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation for lost wages, medical and other expenses. This factsheet defines the process of reporting an incident and your entitlements to appropriate rehabilitation, recovery and a return to work. 

Published
18-07-2011
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Workers' Rights - A Guide For Employees

The Workers’ Rights project is a joint initiative between the Legal Services Commission and the Working Women’s Centre SA, funded by the Australian Government through a Fair Work Ombudsman initiative to produce educative materials on the Fair Work Act 2009.
(68 page PDF download)

Published
13-07-2011
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Workplace Bullying: Workers' Rights

A factsheet defining bullying in the workplace as well as employers’ obligations to provide a safe workplace environment free of harassment and discrimination.  It defines strategies to deal with this type of unacceptable behaviour in the workplace as well as how to lodge a complaint or further legal action if it continues. 

Published
11-07-2011
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216kb
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Your Pay: Workers' Rights

A factsheet informing employees of how to confirm the right awards and pay rates, how pay is calculated, how often it should be calculated  - as well as information on pay increases and deductions. 

Published
11-07-2011
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257kb

Young People

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Community Legal Education for Young People & Workers

The Community Legal Education for Young People and Workers poster - is available now online - or you can source this resource via our Publications Order page.

Published
21-10-2014
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Got a Problem? Cards

Free to order double side colour cards - from our 'Got a problem?' campaign promoting the services provided by the Legal Services Commission.

 

Published
31-07-2013
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In Trouble With The Law?

A brochure for young people explaining the legal support and advice offered by the Youth Legal Service at the Legal Services Commission.

Published
01-06-2014
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Need a lawyer? Easy Read Guide

Are you under 18 years of age? Have you been charged with an offence? This easy read resource sets out what to do if you have been in court having been charged with an offence and you need a lawyer.

Published
20-06-2017
PDF
354kb
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Sex Consent and the Law

Becoming sexually active is a big step. It is important that you understand your legal rights and obligations when it comes to sex – so you know where you stand.

Published
25-05-2017
PDF
2.3mb
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Trusted Moments Postcard

Trusted Moments is a short film produced by the Legal Services Commission about risky behaviour. The promotional postcard highlights the website - www.trustedmoments.com.au - while a QR link opens the film trailer on your mobile.

Published
29-11-2012
PDF
147kb
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Trusted Moments poster

The poster resource for the Trusted Moments short film which was produced in 2012 by the Legal Services Commission Community Legal Education Unit. Additional support materials can be found on the www.trustedmoments.com.au website.

Published
26-11-2012
PDF
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What do These Legal Words Mean?

A basic dictionary of common criminal law words for young people.

Published
27-04-2017
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588kb

Older People

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Advanced Care Directives

Information on what Advanced Care Directives are and what they are used for

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Knowing Your Rights

Knowing Your Rights – a Guide to the Rights of Older South Australians

Published
05-10-2016
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Power of Attorney

If you give another person your ‘power of attorney’, it simply means that you give that person the power to act on your behalf (for example, to buy and sell things for you or operate your bank account).

Published
28-01-2016
PDF
114kb
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Wills

By making a will you are saying who you want to get your property and possessions (your ‘estate’) when you die.

Published
28-01-2016
PDF
82kb

People with disabilities (Easy Read Guides)

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Do you have a court date? Easy Read Guide

Have you been charged with an offence? Do you have a court date? If yes, this easy read resource sets out what you need to do.

Published
27-07-2017
PDF
111kb
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Free Legal Help Flip Book

Do you have a legal problem? This easy read resource shows there are many ways the Legal Services Commission can help. We can assist you when you visit one of our offices, when you call our Legal Helpline or online.

Published
28-07-2015
PDF
593kb
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Laws to protect people from sexual abuse Easy Read Guide

This easy read resource sets out the laws that protect people from sexual abuse and where help is available.

Published
20-06-2017
PDF
494kb
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Legal Health Check-Up

This easy read legal health check can help you work out if you have a legal problem – it could be any kind of common problem ranging from fencing disputes to funeral policies to phone scams, as well as domestic violence matters, wills and workplace bullying. Individuals are encouraged to consider questions about their ‘legal health’ on this form, and if they identify any issue...
Published
20-06-2017
PDF
225kb
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Legal Help Easy Read Guide

This easy read resource sets out what to do if you have a legal problem, including what services are available at the Legal Services Commission and how to access them.

Published
20-06-2017
PDF
373kb
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Need a lawyer? Easy Read Guide

Are you under 18 years of age? Have you been charged with an offence? This easy read resource sets out what to do if you have been in court having been charged with an offence and you need a lawyer.

Published
20-06-2017
PDF
354kb

Information in other languages

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Information in other languages (...see Sample Card)

‘Need Legal Help’ cards are available in Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Chinese, Croatian, Dari, Dinka, Filipino, French, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Kirundi, Khmer, Kurdish, Nepali, Persian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Tigrinia, Uighur, Vietnamese.

Published
09-02-2017
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Law for You

A guide available in multiple languages intended to assist new migrants learn about South Australian law plus find out more about the services available to assist people with specific legal problems.
(20 page PDF download)

Available here in ten languages.

Published
17-06-2016
PDF
366kb