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At Court

judge1. Always be polite – Call the Magistrate ‘Your Honour’.

2. Everything is focussed on: “What is in the best interests of the child”. child drawing


question mark3. If you do not understand something, you can ask the Magistrate, or a Court Officer, or your lawyer to explain it to you.


4. The Court has to be satisfied that you have had a reasonable opportunity

to obtain legal representation.court


chldren's lawyer5. The Child/ren can appoint a separate representative (a children’s lawyer).


6. If the child is mature enough and wishes to have a say, the Court must be informed.child agreement


The Court can call off proceedings to a later date (known as an ‘adjournment’) for several reasons (e.g. allowing you to obtain legal representation).lawyer

In the meantime, an interim order can be placed by the Court -
this will allow Child Safety to have custody of the child until a final decision is made.


judgeHowever, the Court can also order:

• No contact or supervised contact with the child
• A report about the child, family members and the home environment
• A medical examination of the child
• A family group meeting
• Separate legal representation for the child
• A conference between Child Safety, a court official and you.



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