Before you put in your application - Interim FVROs

Logo for FRVO self-help guideAt some courts, you may be able to get a first hearing without the Respondent on the same day you file your application.

Before you lodge your application, you should check with the court to find out if your interim application will be heard on the same day, or on another day.

If it will be heard on the same day, there are some steps you can take to prepare for the first hearing.

Bringing a support person

Restraining order applications are heard in closed court and members of the public cannot come into the courtroom. You are allowed to bring one or more people with you for emotional support (as well as a lawyer if you are represented). A person providing support has to be approved by the court and can’t be a witness.

Try to find a support person who isn't too closely connected to what has happened. The family violence support service at court, or your local community legal centre, may be able to provide someone to help support you during the hearing. 

Video: Having a support person

Sort out child care and parking 

You need to organise someone to look after your children when you come to court. Some Magistrates don’t allow children to come into the courtroom and courts do not have child care facilities on site

You should be prepared to be at court for much of the day, even if you filed your application early in the morning. It is best if you don't need to leave the court to move your car or buy more time for parking.

Video: Getting ready for your first hearing


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