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The Court Process

stop signIt is IMPORTANT that you attend EVERY COURT HEARING; otherwise, the Court may decide the application before the final hearing without your input!

 

Typical Court Process

If you agree with the order (CONSENT):

cso1. Application Filed. Usually by Child Safety in the Children’s Court. 

2. First Hearing at the Children’s Court:court

Court considers if the application is being contested by you & whether an interim order is required. 

meeting3. Family Group Meeting:

There may be a number of meetings or only one to make a Case Plan.

4. If you have agreed to the order, there is typically one other mention at court

court where Child Safety  will present consent papers & a case plan.

If the Court is satisfied, a CPO is then made. 

 

 

If you disagree with an order (CONTEST)

stop signRemember: You may consent to an order at any stage during the Court process.

 

cso1. Application Filed. Usually by Child Safety in the  Children’s Court. 

 

2. First Hearing at the Children’s Court. court

Court considers if the application is being contested by you & whether an interim order is  required. 

 

meeting3. Family Group Meeting.

There may be a number of meetings or only one to make a Case Plan .

 

4. Court Ordered Conference. meeting2

This will occur if you contest the Department’s application. 

 

calendar5. Mention Date - Before Hearing. 

At this date, the Court ensures that everything that is required to be done before the hearing is held. 

 

6. HEARING. court

Under oath, both you and Child Safety ask each other questions to test evidence. A final decision is 
made by the Court & Orders are granted. 

 

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