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What is the Legal Services Commission?

Every person in South Australia is required to live under and obey the law. Every person is also entitled to use the law to protect her or his rights and interests. If some members of the community but not others have access to the protection of the law, then people are denied justice, and the law itself inevitably becomes unfair.

The Legal Services Commission (the Commission) is funded by both the South Australian and the Commonwealth Governments to provide legal assistance to South Australians. It is established by the Legal Services Commission Act 1977 (SA) and is a statutory authority, independent of Government.

The Commission provides legal assistance:

  • through the provision of legal advice and community legal education, and
  • by providing legal representation for those who are most in need and unable to pay for legal representation.

For information about the structure and staff of the Commission - see Our structure

For details about how the Commission is funded – see Funding

For information about our vision, goals and beliefs - see Corporate Plan