find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
SA Law Society looks to ‘future-proof the profession’

SA Law Society looks to ‘future-proof the profession’

David-caruso

With the South Australian legal market experiencing a decline, the new president of the Law Society of South Australia is focused on building a strong future for the profession.  

During his term as president, David Caruso hopes to lay the groundwork for a modernised, accessible court system and start the process of internationalising the South Australian legal market.

“2016, for me, is about 2026,” Mr Caruso told Lawyers Weekly. “The year 2016 is about how we will practice effectively and in a way that the community understands in 2026.”

Mr Caruso said he wants court reform in South Australia to become a “model for the nation”.

He has three specific reforms in mind, including the digitalisation of court proceedings, the introduction of docket management systems within state courts and the adoption of inquisitorial methods from civil and European systems of justice.

“All three of these matters are matters that I've already had conversations about with both members of the profession as well as the judiciary,” he said.

Mr Caruso said the implementation of online court interfaces and court recordings, which save the community time and money, were top priorities.

Docket management systems are used in the Federal Courts and mean that a single judge follows a case through from start to finish, instead of different judges being assigned at each stage in the process.

“We, as lawyers, always have the idea of resolution in mind but when you have switching between members of the court it can sometimes frustrate the ultimate aim of resolution,” he said.

Mr Caruso said that looking beyond the “traditional origins of the law” in Australia to methods used in civil jurisdictions, such as Switzerland, Germany, Italy and France, will improve the general administration of justice.

The Law Society also has an internationalisation strategy, which aims to promote South Australia as a destination for clients in the Asia-Pacific region.

“We are focusing on Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and India, with always China as a key partner as well,” said Mr Caruso.

“But also making efforts to inform South Australian practitioners about their options and prospects for providing legal services regarding Australian law to clients in those overseas jurisdictions via, for example, remote access or technology.”

As an academic at the University of Adelaide, a special counsel to Fisher Jeffries Gadens, and an active leader in multiple industry associations, Mr Caruso embraces an interdisciplinary approach in addressing problems.

Last year, Mr Caruso was instrumental in a landmark Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Adelaide and the Chief Justice of South Australia to collaborate closely on research projects.

He also facilitated the International Conference on Evidence Law and Forensic Science in July 2015, which brought scientists and lawyers together to discuss metadata as evidence.

“A multidisciplinary and diverse approach to how we run our justice system is fundamental to it being pragmatic and user-friendly to the community,” he said.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017


SA Law Society looks to ‘future-proof the profession’
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
microphone
Oct 20 2017
Podcast: One of law’s most infamous alumni – in conversation with Julian Morrow
In this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, Melissa Coade is joined by The Chaser’s Julian Morrow....
protest
Oct 20 2017
High Court overturns ‘excessive’ anti-protest legislation
Bob Brown’s recent victory in the High Court over the Tasmanian government was a win for fundament...
Blocked
Oct 20 2017
Changes to Australian citizenship laws blocked
Attempts to beef up the requirements to obtain Australian citizenship were thwarted this week, after...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...