Practice Direction 8 of 2020
INTERVENTION ORDER APPLICATIONS - COVID-19
This Practice Direction is issued pursuant to Section 592 of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 and replaces Practice Direction 7 of 2020 which is now revoked.
This Practice Direction applies to applications for intervention orders made to the Children’s Court of Victoria (the Court) pursuant to the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic.) or the Personal Safety Intervention Orders Act 2010 (Vic.) and outlines protocols for the listing and hearing of intervention order proceedings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at all venues of the Court. It is informed by the latest medical advice from Victorian public health authorities to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all Court users.
This Practice Direction takes effect from 13 July 2020 and will operate for the duration of the Stage 3 restrictions announced by the government on 7 July 2020 across the Greater Metropolitan Melbourne region.