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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.

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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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556kb

Advance Directives and Wills

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Advance Care Directives Brochure

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

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Power of Attorney Factsheet

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 Factsheet

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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82kb

Consumers and Goods

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

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 Factsheet

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 Booklet

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 July 2018.
(24 page PDF download)

Published
19-07-2018
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Noisy Neighbours Factsheet

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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Preventing Conflicts in the Modern Neighbourhood Booklet

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

**Please note Mediation SA is no longer operating. Uniting Communities Law Centre offers a mediation service and can be contacted on (08) 8342 1800.

Published
17-11-2015
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Retaining Walls Factsheet

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 Booklet

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 April 2018.
(20 page PDF download)

Published
12-04-2018
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436kb

Criminal and Traffic

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Drink Driving and the Law Factsheet

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
09-05-2018
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Drug Driving and the Law Factsheet

If you drive, or attempt to drive, a motor vehicle while a prescribed drug is present in your system, you will be guilty of an offence. Roadside drug screening (saliva) tests can detect THC (cannabis), Methylamphetamine (speed, ice or crystal meth) and MDMA (ecstasy).

Published
14-06-2018
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Going to Court Factsheet

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 Factsheet

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
14-06-2018
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861kb

Debt and Bankruptcy

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Bankruptcy Factsheet

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 Factsheet

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 Booklet

This booklet 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 Factsheet

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 Brochure

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
01-05-2016
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Maintenance - Child and Spousal Factsheet

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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580kb

Family Relationships

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De Facto Relationships Factsheet

 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
22-02-2018
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Family Advocacy and Support Service - FASS - Factsheet

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 Booklet

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 Brochure

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 Factsheet

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 Factsheet

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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580kb
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Should I supervise contact? Factsheet

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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71kb

Family Violence

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Cyber Stalking and Cyber Harassment Factsheet

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

Published
01-02-2018
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Intervention Orders Factsheet

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
20-12-2017
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When there is an Intervention Order against You Factsheet

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
01-02-2018
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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 Factsheet

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

Legal Help

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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 Assistance 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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Legal Health Check-Up Factsheet

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
20-06-2016
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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? Factsheet

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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109kb

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 - Factsheet

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 Card

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
PDF
292kb

Strata and Community Titles

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Community Titles Booklet

This booklet provides information about community titles in South Australia, including information about the rights and responsibilities of owners.

(48 page PDF download)

Published
31-07-2018
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Strata Titles Booklet

This booklet provides information about strata titles in South Australia, including information about the rights and responsibilities of owners.

(36 page PDF download)

Published
28-04-2017
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823kb

Young People and the Law Factsheets

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Alcohol and the Law

This factsheet is for young people and their workers. It explains laws to do with alcohol and young people.

HTML version

Published
01-02-2018
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Bullying at School

This factsheet is for young people and their workers. It explains laws to do with bullying at school.
 

HTML version

Published
01-02-2018
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Buying Things

This factsheet is for young people and their workers. It explains laws to do with buying things and your consumer rights.

HTML version

Published
01-02-2018
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Cigarettes and the Law

This factsheet is for young people and their workers. It explains laws to do with cigarettes and young people.

HTML version

Published
01-02-2018
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Complaints about the Police

This factsheet is for young people and their workers. It explains the process for making an official complaint about the police.

HTML version

Published
01-02-2018
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Discrimination

This factsheet is for young people and their workers. It explains laws to do with discrimination.


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Published
01-02-2018
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Drugs and the Law

This factsheet is for young people and their workers. It explains laws to do with illegal drugs.

HTML version

Published
01-02-2018
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Families and the Law

This factsheet is for young people and their workers. It explains laws to do with families.

HTML version

Published
01-02-2018
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Graffiti and the Law

This factsheet is for young people and their workers. It explains laws to do with illegal graffiti.

HTML version

Published
01-02-2018
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Health Stuff

This factsheet is for young people and their workers. It explains laws to with health stuff, including going to the doctors.

HTML version

Published
09-08-2018
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Living Independently

This factsheet is for young people and their workers. It explains laws to do with living independently, including leaving home and finding accomodation.

HTML version

Published
01-02-2018
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Parties and the Law

This factsheet is for young people and their workers. It explains laws to do with parties, including information on gatecrashers, alcohol and drugs.

HTML version

Published
01-02-2018
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Porn, Sexual Photos and Films

This factsheet is for young people and their workers. It explains laws to do with porn and young people, sexually explicit images and films, and some other filming offences.

HTML version

Published
01-02-2018
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1004kb
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Pregnancy and Getting Help

This factsheet is for young people and their workers. It explains the laws to do with pregnancy and has information about getting help.

HTML version

Published
11-05-2018
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Public Transport and the Law

This factsheet is for young people and their workers. It explains laws to do with public transport and the law.

HTML version

Published
01-02-2018
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Security Guards and Bouncers

This factsheet is for young people and their workers. It explains laws to do with guards, bouncers, and protective security officers.

HTML version

Published
01-02-2018
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957kb
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Sex and Consent

This factsheet is for young people and their workers. It explainslaws to do with sex, consent and the law.

HTML version

Published
01-02-2018
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Social Media

This factsheet is for young people and their workers. It explains laws to with social media and self-incrimination. If you are looking for information on images and films, please see the factsheet 'Porn, Sexual Photos and Films'.

HTML version

Published
01-02-2018
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Tattoos and Piercings

This factsheet is for young people and their workers. It explains laws to do with tattoos and piercings.

HTML version

Published
01-02-2018
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The Police and You

This factsheet is for young people and their workers. It explains laws to with the police including details on giving personal details, searches, and arrest.

HTML version

Published
01-02-2018
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882kb

Other publications

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Community Legal Education for Young People & Workers Poster

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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781kb
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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
PDF
204kb
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In Trouble With The Law? Brochure

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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Legal Health Check Factsheet

This legal health check can help you work out if you have a legal problem. Some legal probelms won't go away by themselves and it is a good idea to get some legal advice about these problems.

Published
15-05-2018
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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 Card

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
947kb
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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
292kb
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What do These Legal Words Mean? Factsheet

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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Advance Care Directives Brochure

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 Factsheet

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 Factsheet

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
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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 Factsheet

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
20-06-2016
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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
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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
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Rights On Show Legal Education Resource Kit

RIGHTS ON SHOW is a legal education resource about rights with police. This resource has been specifically made for people with intellectual disability and cognitive impairment. The resource includes five photo stories, five easy read guides, an information factsheet and presenter notes.

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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 Booklet (Arabic)

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(20 page PDF download)

Published
01-05-2018
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Law for You Booklet (Burmese)

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(20 page PDF download)

 

Published
24-03-2015
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Law for You Booklet (Chinese)

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(20 page PDF download)

Published
24-03-2015
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Law for You Booklet (Dari)

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(20 page PDF download)

Published
01-05-2018
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Law for You Booklet (English)

A guide available in ten languages intended to assist new migrants learn about South Australian law and the services available to assist people with specific legal problems.


(20 page PDF download)

Published
01-05-2018
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832kb
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Law for You Booklet (Hindi)

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(20 page PDF download)

Published
24-03-2015
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388kb
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Law for You Booklet (Nepali)

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(20 page PDF download)

Published
24-03-2015
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816kb
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Law for You Booklet (Persian)

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(20 page PDF download)

Published
24-03-2015
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Law for You Booklet (Swahili)

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(20 page PDF download)

Published
24-03-2015
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Law for You Booklet (Vietnamese)

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(20 page PDF download)

Published
24-03-2015
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393kb