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Where are family violence intervention order appeals heard?

Where appeals against a magistrate's decision are heard

Appeals against final family violence intervention orders will be managed, listed and determined within the Appeals and Post Sentence Applications List (the APSA list) of the County Court.

If the original decision-maker in the Children's Court was the President of the Children's Court, the appeal must be made to the Trial Division of the Supreme Court.

If the original decision-maker in the Children’s Court or Magistrates’ Court was the Chief Magistrate who is a dual commission holder, the appeal must be made to the Court of Appeal.

Note: The County Court does not have a safe waiting area for affected family members. If there are safety concerns, the client will need to contact the Judge’s chambers and seek permission to attend the hearing remotely on safety grounds.

See s. 115—Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic)(opens in a new window).