Lawyers concerned by SA ICAC changes

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Changes to South Australia’s corruption and maladministration watchdog run the risk of denying some people natural justice, a parliamentary inquiry has been told.

The Law Society of South Australia has detailed a number of issues it has with the state government’s proposed bill which would allow public hearings for matters of maladministration and misconduct but maintain secret hearings in corruption cases.

President Tim Mellor says the society is most concerned there is no automatic right to legal representation for people appearing before any public hearing and that exactly how those hearings are conducted would be at the discretion of the commissioner – potentially denying some natural justice.

© AAP 2018

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