New Family Violence Laws

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Courts have new powers and obligations to protect children under provisions of the Family Violence Protection Amendment Act 2017 which commenced on Thursday, 29 March.

A requirement for judicial officers to explain the operation of interim intervention orders also is among the provisions that commenced last week.

The amendments - which implement recommendations of the Family Violence Royal Commission – also included:

  • New provisions on service of orders;
  • Allowing prosecutors to use a VARE in criminal proceedings for offences involving family violence;
  • Giving the County Court and the Supreme Court a power to strike out intervention order appeals.

Find out more about these changes through our overview or the Family Violence Bench Book.



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