SA Civil & Administrative Tribunal

The South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) is a state tribunal that helps people in South Australia to resolve issues within specific areas of law, either through agreement at a conference, conciliation or mediation, or through a decision of the Tribunal at hearing. SACAT also conducts reviews of Government decisions.

SACAT strives to be accessible and responsive to user needs, and deals with cases in a large range of areas (or jurisdictions). The Tribunal operates across the state of South Australia and is a key part of the state justice system.

Specifically, SACAT is the place to bring

- certain civil law disputes or applications, such as those that relate to landlord / tenant relationships, guardianship and administration, mental health and consent to treatment

- administrative law disputes or issues, such as requests for reviews of certain Government decisions such as certain public or community housing decisions, or land valuation decisions.

In addition to traditional hearings, SACAT has a strong emphasis on alternative dispute resolution, using a range of approaches to achieve efficient and fair solutions to disputes and reviews.

SACAT opened its doors to the public on 30 March 2015, and took on the work of these former bodies:

- Guardianship Board

- Residential Tenancies Tribunal

- Housing Appeal Panel.

In addition, the Tribunal took on

- appeals previously made to the District Court on Guardianship Board and Residential Tenancies Tribunal matters

- land valuation appeals previously made to the Supreme Court.

Postal address: GPO Box 2361 Adelaide SA 5001

Locations:

Adelaide CBD: Level 4, 100 Pirie Street, Adelaide 5000 and

Collinswood: Level 8, 85 North East Road, Collinswood (the ABC building)

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Legal Services Commission

Provides legal advice, assistance and referral services if you cannot afford to pay for private legal advice. The legal commission has a central office in Adelaide with offices in metropolitan and regional SA.

Free legal advice is available over the telephone Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm.

Free 30min appointments for legal advice on most areas of law such as:

Family Law, Criminal Law, Civil Law, Neighbour Disputes, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Debt Matters, Domestic Violence, etc.

The appointments are not means tested and follow up appointments may be available if required. Minor assistance may be provided in certain circumstances when no grant of legal aid is provided. Appointments are available at any office within local opening hours schedule.

Telephone appointments also available.

Other Assistance

- The Adelaide office has specialist social security advisors who can provide help and advice about Centrelink matters

- Child Support Unit for specialised advice on Child Support matters

- Duty Solicitor available at the Most Magistrates Courts and the Youth Court

- Legal aid representation if eligible through a grant of legal aid- application forms available on website or from any office.

- Community Legal Education can be provided. Follow the links on our website at www.lsc.sa.gov.au

- Legal Chat is an online interactive chat information service available via the website. Chat in real time to an adviser for enquiries relating to legal information. Operating Monday – Friday 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

- 24 Legal allows you to quickly and conveniently access reliable legal information that’s written in plain-English and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The free service covers more than 60 common legal areas and is especially useful for legal matters that arise outside office hours.

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