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The Domestic Violence Protection Order Application form contains a question about whether the Aggrieved requests that a Police Officer represent them at their court appearances.
That box needs to be “checked” or marked yes if the Aggrieved wants a Police Prosecutor to represent them.
In Queensland some Police Prosecutors are specially trained to represent aggrieved persons in court in Domestic Violence Applications.
An aggrieved person can engage a lawyer to privately represent them at their own expense.
Sometimes an aggrieved person might be entitled to have a lawyer represent them through Legal Aid.
Respondents must either represent themselves, or engage a lawyer to represent them either privately or through Legal Aid if they are entitled to Legal Aid.
At many courts various community organisations have specially trained staff available at court.
Whether such services are available at Court depends upon funding and resources.
If those services are available at Court, then they are usually there to offer support and information to both men and woman dealing with Domestic Violence, whether they are appearing as the Aggrieved or as the Respondent.
Not always, but at many Courts (almost always at Maroochydore courthouse) after arrival at court, men and women, are kept segregated, usually with the community support staff, until they must appear in court.
Domestic Violence matters are heard in a “closed” court in Queensland.
This means the court is not “open” to the public.
However, the Court may open the proceedings or part of the proceedings to the public or specific persons in some circumstances.
Michelle Beatty, Senior Lawyer
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