The Legal Services Commission of South Australia have released figures which indicated an increase of 15 per cent in hotline inquiries from residents in Murray Bridge and Tailem Bend since 2012.
In 2017 the LSCSA advice hotline handled more than 900 enquires from residents in the riverside towns seeking legal assistance to deal with a variety of disputes ranging from door-to-door scams to livestock injuries, quarrels over wages and access to grandchildren.
To meet the rising demand LSCSA lawyers are providing a free weekly legal assistance outreach service at the Murray Bridge Community Centre.
Commission lawyer and manager Chris Boundy said enquires were received in regards to a range of matters, some of which were distinctly rural in nature.
“One farmer brought some farm machinery to an appointment to discuss product warranty laws. Another needed advice about livestock that was fatally injured by a motorist,” he said.
Mr Boundy said the legal advice service is open to everyone and not restricted to people on low incomes.
“Our outreach service allows people living in and around Murray Bridge to have a free appointment with a legal advisor who can provide preliminary advice on a range of matters,” Mr Boundy said.
The Murray Bridge legal advice outreach service operates on Wednesday mornings at the Murray Bridge Community Centre at 18 Beatty Terrace.
To book an appointment contact the LSCSA by calling 1300 366 424.