In response to recommendations from the Family Violence Royal Commission, the Family Violence Protection Amendment Bill 2017 is making changes to speed up and simplify the process for serving Intervention Orders, allowing pre-recorded evidence to be used in certain instances and increasing protection for children and introducing new measures to prevent abuse of the Intervention Order appeal process.
Other changes include:
- Children and people with a cognitive impairment will be able to give pre-recorded evidence.
- The Koori County and Koori Magistrates’ Courts will be able to deal with breaches of intervention orders and family violence safety notices.
- Courts will be able to strike out appeals of an Intervention Order if the respondent doesn’t present in court.
(Source: Premier’s Media Centre, 7 March 2017)