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As part of Law Week, the Commission launched a free Legal Health Check-Up tool to help South Australians identify and address legal problems.

The check-up quickly pinpoints a range of common legal problems – ranging from neighbour disputes to debts and fines, as well as domestic violence matters and workplace issues.

“Our physical health is very important, but so too is legal health,” said Director Gabrielle Canny when launching the new resource at the Adelaide Railway Station.

When problems are identified, we can refer the client to the service that best suits their needs. For instance, this can involve us providing free legal assistance, advice and information – or legal representation to those who qualify for legal aid.

The Legal Health Check is available here on our website.

The Legal Health Check was launched by our legal education team at the Adelaide Railway Station, and attracted praise in State Parliament and widespread media coverage.




Attorney-General George Brandis QC, Commission Director Gabrielle Canny and Access Services Manager Chris Boundy


Attorney-General George Brandis visited the Commission to be briefed on our new program for domestic violence victims in Elizabeth and surrounding areas.
 
“It was valuable to hear from the dedicated staff of the Legal Services Commission directly about the services they will provide and how they will help the women and children suffering from family violence in northern Adelaide,” Senator Brandis said. “I thank the Commission for its work in engaging with the community and local service providers to tailor the new services to the needs of victims of domestic violence.”

Our new domestic violence legal assistance unit is now operating in Adelaide’s northern suburbs. The unit is a small, responsive and highly mobile team of lawyers. We set up this unit by partnering with agencies already working closely with domestic violence victims in the northern region.
 
Domestic violence victims often face many legal issues resulting from separation and abuse. For instance, they might need help with tenancy and property problems, as well as parenting and custody matters, plus other family law problems. They often need legal advice regarding intervention orders. As a result, it is important victims can get legal assistance safely and quickly.

Our lawyers will also work with local health practitioners to assist with the referral of women who are suffering from domestic violence, and who are in need of legal information and advice.




LSC Community Legal Educator Juliet Badics (left) with students involved in the Law for Community Workers course

Looking for practical legal training that’s designed for community workers?

The Legal Services Commission is seeking expressions of interest for its next Law for Community Workers course.

The course has a practical focus on developing skills in identifying legal problems and providing legal information and referrals.

It’s aimed at caseworkers – such as social workers, financial counsellors and housing support workers – as well as other staff involved in direct contact with clients.

The course has run since 1989 and is highly regarded.

Law for Community Workers has been invaluable in helping me to understand the law and knowing how to link my clients to services for further assistance.
Dianne, Disability Support Worker

The next course starts in late July, 2016. If you are interested in taking part, please complete and return an Expression of Interest Form by 15 July.

For further information, click here to visit our website or contact Legal Education Officer, Paula Meegan, on 08 8111 5749 or lcw@lsc.sa.gov.au .





DNA evidence will be discussed at the Conference

There will be compelling speakers and enthralling topics at the Commission’s Biennial Conference.

We will discuss matters including gender dysphoria and the intricacies of DNA evidence as well as presentations from Sydney silk Margaret Cunneen SC and our Chairman, Michael Abbott AO QC.

Family law expert Professor Richard Chisholm will speak on the problems associated with conflict between State and Commonwealth laws. We even have the Country Women’s Association demonstrating how to make the perfect scone.

The Conference will be held at the city campus of Flinders University, Victoria Square on 23 September 2016. A draft program is linked here and bookings will soon be available via our website.


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