21.072016
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CRIMINAL LAW: IT MUST BE YOURS; IT’S ON YOUR PROPERTY!

By Naomi Hill Ever heard the saying that possession is nine tenths of the law? In other words, if an item is in your possession, it must be your responsibility. This is what the police thought when they charged a man for drug possession after they found methylamphetamine and “fantasy,” along with items associated with…

21.062016
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SOLD! BIG CHANGES IN STORE FOR CONVEYANCING

By Jake Woolford Ever-increasing incidents of fraud and a move to digital technology are the motivators for important changes to the laws that govern real property sales and transfers in South Australia (conveyancing). Fraud has long been a concern in conveyancing and it is anticipated that the changes will make the conveyancing system more secure….

08.062016
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HEAR HEAR: WORK-RELATED HEARING LOSS

By Christopher Loxton A decision of the Workers Compensation Tribunal makes it clear that when it comes to work-related hearing loss, the sooner a claim is made, the better. Hearing loss can cause great hardship for some people, especially because sometimes it can be hard to tell what has brought it on. This was the…

08.062016
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CAN AFFECT FAMILY LAW PROPERTY SETTLEMENTS

By Elizabeth Burke A woman has been awarded the lion’s share of assets after she produced photographs to a court showing injuries caused by her former husband. Why? Because the Court found that the abuse had affected her mental state and future employment prospects. It’s not necessarily well-known that domestic violence can affect family law…

08.062016
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SPEAKING OUT: FORMER REFUGEE TAKES ON GOVERNMENT

By Hayley Boswell It was a real underdog moment when Heidari, a former refugee, decided to take legal action over his treatment in an immigration detention centre. Although the Government strongly resisted, Heidari won the right to include wider details about the government’s knowledge of problems in detention centres. We sometimes hear media reports of…

08.062016
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HAVING YOUR DAY IN COURT: IS IT WORTH IT?

By Andrew Carpenter Having your day in court does not mean that you’ll recover all or any of your legal costs, a court has decided. It’s a timely reminder for anyone thinking about commencing court action. How the case unfolded The case involved two companies: Daycone entered into a contract with Emrich to purchase some…

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OPERATION DISTRACTION

SAPOL’s Operation Distraction has targeted South Australian motorists who are using their mobile phones while driving. Police tasked to Operation Distraction have been patrolling the streets and intersections undercover to fine drivers who use their phone while driving or stationary. An Expiation Notice for Driving while Using Mobile Phone issued carries a fine of $375 (including the victims…

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DNA EVIDENCE IS NOT ALWAYS THE FINAL WORD

A man charged with three counts of endangering the lives of occupants of a house by firing shots into the residence in a drive-by shooting where police relied on DNA evidence has been found not guilty after a recent trial in the District Court. Witnesses to the offence identified the car involved as belonging to…