Welcome to 'Keeping Connected' - a fortnightly e-resource to help keep workers up to date with relevant legal topics.
As workers in organisations, government departments, and education sites, you are in the perfect position to share important information, resources, and steer people in the right direction to get the help they need.
Each fortnight we highlight our resources on a particular legal topic.
This edition's topic will be 'The Police and You'.
The Police and You
The police in South Australia have wide powers and responsibilities. If you have contact with the police, it is important that you are clear about your legal rights. The resources below contain important and clear information on your rights and responsibilities, and avenues for legal advice and assistance.
Both the Australian Government and South Australian Government have enacted their emergency powers in order to respond to the COVID-19 situation. This means that the government may utilize its powers in specific circumstances to create policies, change laws, and enact procedures to manage the emergency.
In South Australia, the Emergency Management Act 2004 (SA) enables the state government and its delegated agencies to put in place formal directions that the public must adhere to. This includes undertaking mandatory self-quarantine when directed to do so, and travel border restrictions.These directions are enforceable at law, and penalties apply for a breach of the direction.
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Legal Services Commission and COVID-19
The situation relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is presenting many changes to our lives and the law. For useful information and services that may be of assistance please see our page The Law and Covid-19 for South Australians.
Please note that we are continuing to provide legal assistance, advice, information and representation to the SA community. In response to COVID-19, however, we have temporarily closed our offices to the public. We are providing our services by phone or online only. Please see our contact details below, or visit www.lsc.sa.gov.au for more information.