The purpose of the Committee is to represent the interests of Members of
the Law Society in connection with developments in Civil Litigation,
including foreshadowed changes to the legislative and procedural
framework by which parties resolve their civil disputes.
The Committee meets monthly to discuss developments and its members
liaise with members of the Judiciary, the Legislature and other
interested parties in order to provide advice to the Law Society and its
The Chair of the Civil Litigation Committee and two nominees of the Law
Society are members of the Joint Rules Advisory Committee, a Committee
comprising judicial officers and representatives of the Supreme,
District and Magistrates courts. The "JRAC" also meets monthly and
oversees the operation of the rules of court and, where necessary, makes
recommendations for change to the judiciary or the Legislature.
The Law Society's representatives on the JRAC are able to voice the
views of the profession directly to the judges and, of course, give
Members early notice of impending changes to the practices of the
The Supreme and District Court Rules
The current Supreme and District Court Rules came into operation on 4
September 2006. Amendments including those to incorporate streaming,
electronic discovery and pre-action protocols for construction and
personal injury disputes, came into effect on 1 October 2014. On that
same date, the Supreme and District Court Practice Directions were
replaced with Supplementary Rules.
The Committee will be monitoring any decisions regarding the application
of the amended Rules and Supplementary Rules and posting them on the
Society's website with a summary of the salient points.
Filing in the South Australian registry of Federal Court of Australia is
now to be undertaken electronically via the Court's eLodgement portal.
In 2013 the jurisdiction limit of the Magistrates Court was raised to
$100,000 for general civil matters. The limit for minor civil action,
in which parties must generally be self-represented, was raised to
From 2015 the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal will commence hearing certain statutory appeals and matters.