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Legal Services Commission

Telephone Advice: 1300 366 424

TTY Phone: (08) 8363 3691

Adelaide Office
159 Gawler Place
Adelaide SA 5000

Postal Address: GPO Box 1718
Adelaide SA 5001
DX 104

Telephone (08) 8111 5555
Fax (08) 8463 3599

Child Support Advice:

Telephone (08) 8111 5576
Country callers 1300 366 424

Duty Solicitor, Magistrates Court

260-280 Victoria Square, Adelaide
Telephone (08) 8463 3535
Fax (08) 8463 3537

Family Law Duty Lawyer Service

Telephone 0434 079 387
or 0434 079 388

Youth Legal Service

75 Wright Street, Adelaide 5000
Telephone (08) 8463 3533
Fax (08) 8463 3530

Elizabeth Office

Windsor Building
Elizabeth City Centre
Elizabeth 5112

DX 50102

Telephone (08) 8207 9292
Fax (08) 8207 9333

Noarlunga Office

Noarlunga House
Colonnades Shopping Centre
Noarlunga Centre 5168

DX 51404

Telephone (08) 8207 3877
Fax (08) 8207 3880

Port Adelaide Chambers

ANL Building
306 St Vincent Street
Port Adelaide 5015

DX 50607

Telephone (08) 8207 6276
Fax (08) 8207 6277

Holden Hill Chambers

Tenancy 7
560 North East Road
Holden Hill 5088

DX 50203

Telephone (08) 8369 1044
Fax (08) 8369 1066

Mount Barker Office

18 Walker Street
Mount Barker 5251

DX 51712

Telephone (08) 8226 8722
Fax (08) 8391 4747

Whyalla Office

1st Floor RAA House
25 Forsyth Street
Whyalla 5600

DX 60021

Telephone (08) 8648 8060
Fax (08) 8648 8066

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Litigation Funds

Litigation funds operate by lending you the money required for your case as it progresses. They do not cover any costs that may be awarded against you. They either receive a proportion of anything that you win in your case or they charge you an interest rate that reflects the risks involved for them.

Law Society

The South Australian Law Society Litigation Assistance Fund assists with civil cases, where clients are unable to pay legal expenses. The Fund will assist applicants from the investigation stage right through to an appeal.

The types of cases to date include commercial disputes, inheritance claims, insurance contract disputes, professional negligence claims, public liability and personal injury matters. The Fund does not assist with criminal, family or de facto matters.

Private Funding

There are private companies that will "back" similar cases to the Law Society, and also Family and De Facto matters. See your solicitor to see if they have arrangements with any of these companies.

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"Free" First Interview

Never choose a lawyer on the basis of a "Free First Interview". There is little cost in seeing a solicitor of your choice to find out if you have a case worth pursuing or whether it is the sort of case that you should handle yourself.

If you have a serious case, the cost of the first interview is "the tip of the iceberg".

No Win No Fee

Many personal injury lawyers offer "No Win - No Charge" or "No Win, No Fee" legal services when they believe that a case is reasonably likely to be successful.

It is not a free service. When a successful outcome is achieved (i.e. you are awarded money or perhaps another benefit of some kind), a success fee, or contingency fee is also usually applied. Read through the agreement between you and your lawyer carefully and discuss any questions you may have with your lawyer.

Again, never choose a lawyer on the basis of a "No Win No Fee" arrangement. Choose the best lawyer for you and discuss the issue of costs with them.

Fee Waiver

The Courts all charge fees. Refer to the Court and Tribunal Fee Waiver Guideto see if you are eligible to have those fees reduced or waived.

JusticeNet SA

JusticeNet SA is a not-for-profit association which operates a pro bono legal assistance scheme in South Australia.  Eligible individuals and not-for-profit organisations are matched with an appropriate solicitor or barrister who is willing to act pro bono (for free).  JusticeNet has been established to improve access to justice by referring financially disadvantaged South Australians to a "safety net" of member firms and barristers where other legal services are not available.

How does JusticeNet work with South Australian firms?

JusticeNet has been established to facilitate the efficient and coordinated delivery of pro bono legal assistance.  JusticeNet provides a screening process for member firms and barristers.  Only meritorious and thoroughly scoped requests for assistance are referred to JusticeNet members who specialise in the relevant area of law.  JusticeNet also collaborates with existing legal services to ensure that only applicants that do not qualify for legal aid or are ineligible for help from other community legal services are referred by JusticeNet.

Benefits of Pro bono work

Pro bono work has tangible benefits for law firms, including increased staff satisfaction and morale, assisting with staff retention. Pro bono legal work provides staff with a variety of legal work and the  satisfaction derived from using their legal expertise to help the community.

More Information

For more information about membership of JusticeNet or our referral scheme please contact JusticeNet on (08) 8303 5005 or email

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Pro Bono Publico

This is a phrase derived from Latin meaning "for the public good." It describes professional work undertaken by lawyers voluntarily and without payment, as a public service. Unlike traditional volunteerism, pro bono service leverages the specific skills of professionals to provide services to those who are unable to afford them.

There is no formal system for this in South Australia. Lawyers make their own individual decisions as to the circumstances and extent to which they do this. Often it involves work for clubs and associations.