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Annual Report 2010-11 Legal Services Commission of South Australia036Paul Muscat SC, Manager, Criminal Law Practice DivisionDuty Solicitor Service In-house duty solicitors provide free legal advice and minor initial representation (for remand, bail and simple guilty pleas) to people on their first appearance in court on criminal charges. The Commission’s Adelaide and regional offices provide this service in the Magistrates Court and the Youth Court. Demand on the duty solicitor services throughout metropolitan Adelaide and country SA has increased 9% on the year prior. Over the past twelve months the Commission’s duty solicitors have provided advice or representation to 16 443 people. Appendix 6 contains further details.The in-house practice provides expert advice on criminal matters to the Policy, Access Services and Assignments Sections, and is a major contributor to the Commission’s publications and Community Legal Education program.RepresentationThe in-house criminal practice, at i...