Before you file an application for a personal protection order (PPO), make sure you:
Refer to the following on how you can file a PPO application.
If you are filing the application, you are the applicant.
The other party is the respondent.
How to apply
You may file an application:
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You will need to provide the following information or documents when filing your application:
You will need your identity card or passport for identification when you file or complete your application at the FPC or PSC.
You may file a PPO application at any of the following locations.
The FPC is located at Level 1 of the FJC at Havelock Square.
You may visit the following agencies to apply in person.
You will need to follow these steps to file and serve your claim.
|1. File your application |
Your application is filed at the FJC.
|2. Meet with a court family specialist or social worker |
You get the necessary information with regards to your safety may be referred to support agencies, if required.
|3. Meet with the duty judge |
The judge allows you to proceed with or dismisses your application.
You are encouraged to submit your draft application and documents online via iFAMS before heading down to the FPC or an PSC/PAVE ISIFPSC. Doing so will mean less time spent processing your application at the FPC or PSC/PAVE ISIFPSC.
Refer to the following steps for the iFAMS application process:
For detailed instructions, refer to the iFAMS user guide.
After submitting your information online, you may then visit the FPC at the FJC or approach any of the PSC/PAVE ISIFPSC to complete your application.
Alternatively, you may visit the FPC at the FJC or any PSC/PAVE ISIFPSC to file your application in-person.
Once you arrive at the FPC to make or complete your application, a court family specialist (CFS) will be assigned to attend to you for a one-to-one session. The session may take around 30 to 45 minutes (excluding waiting time).
If you are filing your application at an PSC/PAVE ISIFPSC, a social worker will guide you through the session instead.
During the session, the CFS or social worker will:
In most circumstances, the session will involve the CFS or social worker speaking to you. If required, a support person such as a family member may be involved in your session with the CFS.
During the session, it will be helpful for you to:
The session with the CFS or social worker will be conducted in a private room and the details of the session will not be disclosed to your other family members of the case. Only details provided in your application form and the outcome of the session will be made known to the respondent. If necessary, the CFS or social worker will seek your consent before sharing any information which may be helpful for the respondent to know.
If you are afraid to see the respondent in court, you may discuss with the CFS for alternative arrangements to be made, such as attending the court mention at a video-link agency.
This option is not available if your case proceeds to a hearing.
The judge may ask questions to clarify the information in your application. You will then have to swear or affirm that the contents of your application and your answers to the judge are true and correct.
It is a serious offence to include statements that you know to be untrue or incorrect in a sworn or affirmed application.
If your application is in order, the judge will accept your application and decide whether to issue a summons to the respondent or to dismiss your application. This summons is a court document directing the respondent to attend a court session known as a court mention at a scheduled time and date.
Depending on the nature of your case, the judge may also issue an expedited order (EO) if they find that there is imminent danger of family violence.
You will then have to pay a sum of $1 for the issuance of the summons.
The court will serve the summons on the respondent at the address provided in your application.
The duty judge may not be:
You will also be issued a mention slip containing the date and time for you to attend the court mention. At the court mention, the respondent will state if they consent to your application.
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