10. Personal Safety Law
Emergency Protection Order
If your spouse or adult interdependent partner threatens you or your children, or if he or she has caused family violence against you or your children, then you are entitled to apply to the Court for an Ex Parte Emergency Protection Order (EPO) under the Protection Against Family Violence Act. Once the Court grants you the EPO, the police will served a filed copy of the EPO upon your spouse or adult interdependent parnter. The EPO will then be reviewed within 10 days time. If the Judge determines that the facts justify the granting of the EPO, then the Judge will confirm the EPO, which will then become known as a Confirming Order and it will be extended for a period of time the Judge deems suitable. If the facts do not support the granting of the EPO, then the Judge will vacate the EPO and it will cease to have any further effect. I can assist you with the preparation of the documents, attend for the EPO hearing and the review of the EPO hearing.
If someone who you are not married to or not in an adult interpendent relationship with has harrassed you, threatened to harm you, your children, or your property, or has caused harm to you or children (emotionally, mentally or physically), or damaged your property, then you can apply to the Court for an Ex Parte Restraining Order (RO). Once the Court grants you the Restraining Order, the police will serve a filed copy of it upon the person. The Restraining Order will be reviewed by the Court within 10 days time. If the Judge determines that the facts support the granting of the Restraining Order, then it will be extended. If not, the Restraining Order will be vacated and cease to have any further effect. I can assist you with the preparation of the documents, attend for the application for the Restraining Order, and the review of the Restraining Order hearing.