We represented the client at the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court on a charge of Contravene Family Violence Final Intervention Order.
Given the circumstances, the client was facing a very real risk of spending a period of time in custody. Note that the client was charged with breaching an intervention order whilst on bail for breaching an intervention order in the same way.
Since the breach was by attending at the family home, it meant that the client was rendered effectively homeless. Fortunately, we utilised our connections at court to arrange an urgent Court Integrated Services Program (CISP) assessment for the client which could assist with housing. This initially became problematic however we were able to change tact whilst in court.
We adapted to the dynamic nature of the courtroom and this enabled our client to be released from custody. The magistrate was persuaded to vary the intervention orders so that the client could return to the family home in accordance with the wishes of the client’s family.
- A family violence intervention order has been made.
- The family violence intervention order has been served on the respondent, or the respondent has had an explanation of the order given to them by a person in accordance with sections 57 or 96.
- The respondent contravenes the order.
- The respondent had the requisite state of mind.
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