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How do I get a Domestic Violence Protection Order?—what happens in court?
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If the police have decided to issue you with a police protection notice or to make an application for a domestic violence order they will complete the necessary forms. If not, you should fill out the protection order application form (DV1 form). Lodge it at your local magistrates court. **
The police will give a copy of the form to the respondent (person you need protection from) which includes notification of the time and place the application will be heard.
If yes—does respondent agree to order being made?
If no—has the respondent been given copy of DV1 form?
If your matter is set down for a hearing, get legal advice quickly.
At the hearing, the magistrate will listen to the evidence from the person wanting protection, the respondent and relevant witnesses, and make a decision about whether a domestic violence protection order should be made.
At the hearing, you may be represented by a police prosecutor, Legal Aid solicitor, private solicitor, or yourself.
Free legal information and advice is available from Legal Aid Queensland. Phone 1300 65 11 88 or visit www.legalaid.qld.gov.au.
For more information about applying for a domestic violence protection order, your legal rights or how to prepare for court you can: