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Summary Justice SA - Rewritten and Updated

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Summary Justice South Australia is a unique reference as it is the only subscription publication specialising in practice and procedure in the criminal jurisdiction of the Magistrates Court in South Australia.

It contains practical and descriptive commentary with extensive case notes, explains the administration of the Court and the relevant law and court procedures. With chapters set out to follow the chronology of a criminal matter, it is an essential practice tool. Written in a discursive style, reproducing relevant legislation in the commentary, the service is designed to save time and money by providing a comprehensive one-stop reference for the user.

The content is regularly updated with recent cases, legislative changes and commentary. For a complete guide to practice and procedure in the criminal jurisdiction of the Magistrates’ Court in South Australia, Thomson Reuters’ subscription service, Summary Justice South Australia, is available online, in looseleaf or on ProView eSub. For further enquires, please contact the Sales Team on 1800 110 009 or

Summary Justice is now up to date and has been rewritten by two experienced practitioners. It offers the only commentary that is specific to the challenges faced by practitioners in summary jurisdiction (including at committal). The rewriting addresses all the recent changes to the Sentencing Act.

Summary Justice’s organisation is unique. It is structured as criminal proceedings unfold from charge to possible appeal so answers can be intuitively and easily identified. Its text is organised around propositions - easily understood by practitioners - and offers examples from cases to allow practitioners to apply those key ideas to their cases. It has an expanding number of flow charts to explain key ideas simply and easily.

The work has been expanded to encompass aspects of the investigatory process and now incorporates chapters devoted to costs and interventions orders.

Chad Jacobi - Barrister
By Chad Jacobi

Chad Jacobi is a barrister primarily practising in administrative, constitutional, employment and criminal matters. He practices from Edmund Barton Chambers in Adelaide.
Prior to going to the bar, he was Counsel Assisting the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission. For more than a decade he advised, and represented, the South Australian government as counsel within the Crown Counsel Section and prior to that within the Administrative and Environment Section of the Crown Solicitor’s Office.
He has honours degrees in both law and in economics from the University of Adelaide.

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