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First, find out whether you might have actually breached (contravened) a Court Order by reading the fact sheet When is a Court Order breached.
If a Court finds that you breached (contravened) an Order without a ‘reasonable excuse’, the penalty will depend on the type of breach (contravention) and the particulars of your own case.
Essentially, what a Court will do will depend on:
You should know the information in our fact sheet as to when you may have an excuse for being in breach (contravention) of a Court Order that the Court will accept.
The Court might only issue a warning (for a minor breach) or for a more serious or repeated breach, they may Order you to:
Other things the Court can also do when they are looking at what to do after a Court Order has been breached include:
The court will need to have before them, evidence of any breach of a Court Order. You can read our fact sheet How do you prove a breach of a Court Order.
To get a court to do something after a breach of a Court Order read our fact sheet How do I make a Contravention Application.
Other Questions answered in the Court Orders & Consent Orders Section
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