30 September 2009 | by Olivia Collings (The New Lawyer)
REGIONAL South Australian lawyers are concerned that changes to country court offices will prevent access to justice for locals.
In recent weeks the Courts Administration Authority has begun closing court offices in the towns of Kadina, Coober Pedy and Ceduna when the court is not sitting.
“They are denying access to justice for a great deal of public,” said Sebastian Hill, from the South Australia Law Society country committee.
“The country courts have huge registries comparatively; they deal with far more than the registries in the city.”
Hill claims that by closing the courts on days when the magistrate is not there the government is saying that they are not as important as the metropolitan population. “It’s a disregard for people who come from far away.” (Excerpt)
continued at: The New Lawyer
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