The Supreme Court has today unanimously rejected a challenge to the legality of the Late Night Trading Code of Practice brought by the proprietor of “The Palace”.
Attorney General John Rau says it’s a win for late night safety.
“This challenge was an attempt to water down the changes brought in by the Government to make our city a safer place.
“Today’s decision shows the criticisms from some traders didn’t hold water.
“Patrons have responded well to the changes introduced and now it is time for these traders to get on board.”
Mr Rau said the Late Night Code has been in place for six months and has already seen good results.
“It was vital for us to take action to reduce incidents of alcohol fuelled violence and drunken behaviour on our city streets,” he said.
“The Code has worked, with reported drops of around 25 per cent in public drunkenness, arrests, injuries and around a 29 per cent drop in related hospital admissions.
“At the same time, we have seen the roll out of small venue licences, dramatically changing the landscape of our laneways.
“These changes have ensured the Adelaide CBD is a vibrant and safe place to enjoy a night out.
“We will continue to work with licensees, SA Police and the Adelaide City Council to enforce the Code, which remains in place following today’s decision.”
Daylight saving ends at 3am this Sunday (6 April 2014), which means that at 3am, clocks are turned back to 2am.
The lock out will come into effect at the adjusted 3am Australian Central Standard Time, giving traders an extra hour of trading after the clocks are turned back.