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Alternative arrangements for proceeding under personal safety

The court can organise alternative arrangements for a court proceeding, especially if the affected person has concerns about their safety.

This includes:

  • allowing the proceeding to be conducted from a place other than the courtroom through closed circuit television or
  • placing the applicant in another facility that enables communication with the courtroom
  • using screens to remove the respondent from an affected family member’s or witness's direct line of vision
  • allowing a person to be beside a person giving evidence to provide emotional support
  • requiring legal practitioners to be seated during the proceeding, or
  • any other alternative arrangements the court considers appropriate.

More information


Personal Safety Intervention Orders Act 2010 (Vic)

  • s. 52—alternative arrangements for proceeding

See Personal Safety Intervention Orders Act 2010 (Vic)(opens in a new window).