There are to be cutbacks on court circuits for regional South Australia to save money.
District Court Judge Paul Muscat commented on the matter during a video link between Adelaide and Port Augusta.
He told a lawyer to spread the word to others about the change.
"The circuits will be reduced from four weeks to three weeks," he said.
"The courts have been asked to implement cost-cutting measures.
"There will be no more Supreme Court circuits for the remainder of the year."
Judge Muscat said he did not know when the situation would improve.
"The cutbacks to the District Court circuit are to remain to the end of the calendar year," he said.
The lawyer involved was unaware of the change and the court heard many other practitioners also were unaware of the decision to cut back country circuits.
The District Court runs circuits to Eyre Peninsula, the mid-north, Riverland and south-east and the Supreme Court has regular circuits to Mount Gambier and Port Augusta.
A statement issued later on behalf of the Chief Justice said the changes had been made by the Courts Administration Council as a result of the allocation to the Courts Administration Authority in the recent state budget.
It said the Bar Association, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Legal Services Commission, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement and the Law Society had been notified of the changes.
DPP Adam Kimber said cutbacks might increase delays to trials and having police and other witnesses attend Adelaide for Supreme Court cases would increase costs.
Law Society president John White said it was likely to mean extra costs for people facing the legal system.
"Ultimately I think the expense is going to fall or the harm falls on the people who are either awaiting an outcome because they are the accused, and they may even be in custody, or they are the victims or families of victims who are awaiting finalisation," he said.
Attorney-General John Rau said he was not concerned about the impact on regional cases because the courts were working on ways around it.
"Changes in technology and discussions within the courts about how they can find alternatives to the provision of circuits are going on presently," he said.
The ABC understands there also are plans to close the Sturt Street court in Adelaide soon as part of cost-cutting.
The number of jury panels also are set to be reduced and each panel required to serve for longer.