As we approach the halfway mark of this year I thought I would take this opportunity to update the Society’s members as to what we have been doing and what we are currently working on.
It is pleasing to note that the Legislative Council recently passed an amendment to the Major Indictable Offences Bill to remove the requirement for a defendant to provide a defence statement. The Government’s proposal would have effectively trounced the right to silence in circumstances where the prosecution could have then relied upon matters in the defence statement to alter its case and potentially lay fresh charges. The media has rightly acknowledged the substantial role of the Society in advocating for the amendment.
Law Society of SA President, Tony Rossi in the May 2017 edition of The Bulletin states: "It is an unfortunate reality that the terms “access to justice” and “pro-bono” are associated." Tony Rossi reports to members on how Adelaide played host to the National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference on 23-24 March, and in his opening address he discussed the relationship between pro-bono legal work and legal aid, arguing that pro-bono cannot be seen as a substitute for legal aid.
President of the Law Society of South Australia, Tony Rossi reports to members in the April 2017 edition of The Bulletin on how the Society identifies a continuing failure on the part of Government to adequately resource the courts and the justice system in South Australia.
Tony Rossi, as President of the Law Society of South Australia reports to members in the March 2017 edition of The Bulletin how the Society must continue to speak loudly in support of the interest of the most vulnerable in our community as the Government’s draft Children and Young People (Safety) Bill 2016 was disappointing in its failure to adopt many of the recommendations set out in the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission Report of the Hon. Margaret Nyland.