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.

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


      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.

      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: 18 October 2018

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