Receiving a summons for a personal protection order application
If you receive a summons issued by the court stating that you are the respondent in a personal protection order (PPO) application, it means that a family member (the applicant) has filed a PPO (also known as a complaint) against you.
Watch the video to find out more about the process of responding to a PPO application.
The summons is usually served on you in one of the following ways:
- In person by the court process server.
- The court process server may also serve the summons on an adult living in the same residence as you in your absence.
- Posting it on a conspicuous part of your residence.
The summons will state the date and time for you and the applicant to attend a court session known as a court mention.
At the court mention, the court officer will make known to you the contents of the complaint made by the applicant. You will then be given the opportunity to give your response to the complaint.
Receiving an expedited order
Depending on the nature of the applicant's complaint, the summons may be served together with an expedited order (EO) if one is issued by the judge.
Find out more about what an EO is.
You must follow the orders as stated in the EO. If you breach (disobey) the EO, the applicant may go to the police to report the breach and you may be charged for breaching the order.
Respond to a personal protection order application step-by-step
This is the process of responding to a PPO application.
If you are filing a PPO application against a family member, refer to Apply for a personal protection order instead.
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.
Attend court mentions
After the application is made, both you and the applicant 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 you do not consent to the application at the court mention, the court may refer you and the applicant to counselling or give directions to prepare parties to proceed to 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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