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Magistrates Court Legal Advice Service (MCLAS)

The Magistrates Court Legal Advice Service is a free legal advice service that was established in 2002. It is staffed by final year law students from the University of Adelaide. Qualified legal practitioners supervise the service and all advice provided by the service is checked by an experienced lawyer.

The service runs at the Adelaide Magistrates Court in the city.

MCLAS only deals with disputes that fall within the Minor Civil Claims jurisdiction.

The types of matters dealt with include:
  •  fencing disputes
  •  building disputes
  •  claims in negligence
  •  contractual disputes, and other types of matters
  • household construction
  • debt
  • strata titles
  • land
  • utilities

The service does NOT deal with criminal matters, civil matters outside the Minor Civil Claims jurisdiction, family law or personal injury claims.

MCLAS encourages people to resolve disputes by mediation before they get to court. To find out more about mediation view our video.

MCLAS students in this video step you through what to expect at your first interview with us. It will assist you with thinking about your problem deeper and ensure you bring what we need to assist you the best we can.

MCLAS students have prepared a mini-series providing you with a step-by-step guide on how to serve documents upon another party according to the law.

MCLAS students have prepared an easy to use referral guide designed to assists members of the community with the access to justice they need. They have compiled a guide that focusses on all areas of law and provided services that offer free legal assistance for those areas of concern. This referral guide is useful for both members of the public and community services

Free Legal Clinics

Adelaide Law School

Adelaide Law School

Ligertwood Building
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005
North Tce Campus Map


Margaret Castles
Senior Lecturer


Telephone: +61 8 8118 5200
216 Wright St,
Adelaide, SA 5000