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Intervention Orders FAQs

How do I apply for an intervention order?

To make an application for an intervention order you should first contact your nearest court and make an appointment to see a registrar.  The registrar will talk to you about your application and will give you information about legal representation. 

In certain circumstances, a member of Victoria Police may make an application on your behalf.

Does each person to be covered by the order need to come to court?

At Melbourne Children's Court all parties aged 10 and above should attend the court hearing.  For hearings at other venues of the court, contact the registry at that court to seek advice about who should attend on the day. 

How do I know my intervention order has been served on the respondent?

To check that a copy of your intervention order has been served on the respondent you should contact the police nearest to where the respondent lives.  Alternatively, you can contact the court where the order was made.

How do I apply to have my intervention order extended?

If the period covered by your intervention order is due to expire you can apply to the court to have it extended.  You should go to the court where registry staff will assist you to lodge an application to extend the order.  All parties will need to be served with a copy of your application before the matter can be heard by the court.  You should allow enough time for this to be done before your order expires.  If the order has expired and you wish it to continue, you will need to lodge a new application for an intervention order.

How do I apply to have my intervention order changed or cancelled?

If you have a current intervention order and want it changed (varied) or cancelled (revoked), you should go the court and where registry staff will assist you to lodge an application to vary or revoke the order.

If you are the respondent and you wish to have the order varied or revoked, you will first need to apply to the court for permission to make that application.  You will need to show that there has been a change of circumstances since the order was made and that the change may justify a variation or revocation of the order.