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Alternative arrangements for proceedings if safety concerns

The court can organise alternative arrangements for a court proceeding, especially if the affected family member 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 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
  • any other alternative arrangements the court considers appropriate.

More information


Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic)

  • s. 69—alternative arrangements for proceeding

See Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic).