It is vital for both the Affected Family Member (AFM) and the Respondent to know when an Intervention Order begins.
If an AFM applies for an Intervention Order, and there is no risk of immediate protection by way of an interim order, the Respondent will be served with a copy of the Application and a court date. The Respondent must be served as soon as practicable after an application for a Family Violence Intervention Order is made.
Once a Family Violence Intervention Order has been made, whether it be Interim or Final, it will begin once it has been “served” on the Respondent. If the Respondent is at the court hearing, the Magistrate will affect service by verbally explaining the conditions of the order to them. Alternatively, the court staff will physically hand the Respondent the order after the hearing. If the Respondent was not at court, the Police can serve the order on the Respondent in person and explain the conditions of the order.
If you would like advice about your intervention order matter and wish to obtain an understanding of the options available to you, contact 8391 8411 to book a free 30-minute consultation with us to discuss what steps you should take next. We look forward to speaking with you.
Please note that this article contains general information and should not be considered as legal advice. It is important to speak with a lawyer that can provide advice relevant to your specific circumstances.