You may file an application for a personal protection order (PPO) in the Family Courts to protect yourself or a family member from violence caused by another family member.
Refer to the following to find out who you can file a PPO against in the Family Courts.
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This is the process of filing a PPO application.
If you are filing the PPO application, you are the applicant (also known as the complainant).
If you have a PPO application made against you, you are the respondent. Find out more about what you should do to Respond to a personal protection order application.
Understand personal protection orders
Find out what are the types of orders the court can make to protect a family member from family violence and the consequences for breaching these orders.
File a personal protection order application
You can file a PPO application in person at any Protection Specialist Centres (PSCs) or at the Family Protection Centre (FPC) located in the Family Justice Courts (FJC).
Alternatively, you may submit a draft application and documents online before heading down to the FPC or an PSC.
Attend court mentions
After the application is made and the summons accepted by the respondent, both you and the respondent must attend a court session known as a court mention. How the application proceeds further will depend on what happens at the court mention.
Attend counselling or hearing
If the respondent does not consent to the application at the court mention, the court may refer the respondent and you to counselling or give directions to prepare parties to proceed for a hearing scheduled at a later date.
File an appeal, if needed
If you are not satisfied with the order made by the court at the end of the hearing, you may appeal to the Family Division of the High Court.
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