Community Online Resource Essentials (CORE)

Community Online Resource Essentials (CORE) are free interactive guides to help people dealing with common legal problems without a lawyer.

CORE takes you step-by-step through the relevant law, with practical tips, ‘how-to-DIY’ videos, sample letters and forms, checklists, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

You can read more about the four self-help guides available on CORE:

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    Getting an interim Family Violence Restraining Order (FVRO)

    If you need protection from violence, threats or abuse from a family member, you may need to apply for an FVRO. This guide explains what family violence can include and takes you step-by-step through the process of applying for an interim FVRO. It includes a safety planning checklist, practical advice, tips from a magistrate, and shows you what happens at court when you apply for an FVRO.

    Mortgage stress

    This guide will help you if you are having problems keeping up with mortgage repayments or are already behind (in arrears). It explains how to ask your lender for a hardship variation and to request an external review if your hardship application is refused. It explains your options if the lender takes you to court, and what you can do if the lender gets a court order to take possession of the property.

    Recovery Orders

    You may need to apply for a Recovery Order if someone else has your child and is refusing to bring them back to you. This guide has videos from experienced family lawyers, checklists, sample letters and information about what to do before, during and after a court hearing in the Family Court of WA.

    Representing yourself at a criminal trial in the Magistrates Court

    This guide takes you through the process of preparing for trial, what happens in court, running the trial and the potential outcomes. It includes videos from a former Magistrate and experienced criminal lawyers, sample letters, documents and answers to FAQs. There is also a written self-help kit available.


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    Reviewed: 6 April 2018


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