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Wednesday, 8 December 1976


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the AttorneyGeneral, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has his attention been drawn to reports of witnesses being bullied, particularly widows, in cases corning before the South Australian Supreme Court; if so, can he say whether there is any substance in the allegations.

(2)   Has his attention been drawn to a further report that, in a recent case, counsel was threatened with contempt of court unless he changed a Notice of Appeal to the Full Court; if so, can he say whether there is any substance in this report.

(3)   If there is any evidence of an abuse of authority, will he co-operate with the South Australian Attorney-General to ensure that similar incidents are not permitted to arise in South Australia in cases involving Federal jurisdiction.


Mr Ellicott - The answer to the honourable member question is as follows:

(   1 ) I am not aware of any reports of witnesses being bullied in cases coming before the South Australian Supreme Court.

(2)   I am aware of a report that the Supreme Court of South Australia has taken the view that a practitioner had, in the manner in which a certain notice of appeal to the Full Court was drawn up, been in contempt of the court. The question whether the matter in the notice of appeal amounted to contempt of court was one for the Court to decide.

(3)   I am not aware of any evidence of an abuse of authority.







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