How the court decides - Interim FVROs
Every magistrate is different. Talk to your nearest community legal service about how your local court deals with FVRO applications.
What the court can do after hearing your evidence
At the end of the first hearing, the court has 3 options.
1. Make an interim FVRO
This is the starting point for getting a final FVRO. Once you have an interim FVRO, there are more steps before you can get a final FVRO.
The interim FVRO will only come into force (start) when the police have served a copy of the interim FVRO on the Respondent.
The interim FVRO cannot be enforced unless the Respondent has been served.
2. Dismiss your application
The magistrate can dismiss your application if she or he thinks that there is no real basis to it.
If the magistrate is not going to make an interim FVRO, and you don't want to go to another hearing (because you don't want the Respondent to know you are trying to get an FVRO), you also have the option of telling the magistrate you don't want to continue with the process and the magistrate will dismiss your application.
You can apply for a new interim FVRO if there is a new incident of family violence.
3. Set another hearing without making an interim FVRO
If the court does not make an interim FVRO and your case has not been dismissed, it will go to another hearing. The Respondent will get a summons to come to court for the hearing. The Magistrate will hear from both of you to decide whether or not to make a final FVRO.
You will not have the protection of an interim FVRO during this time and you cannot appeal the court's decision to not make an interim FVRO.