How do you obtain a Personal Protection Order (PPO)?
- You may apply for a Personal Protection Order (PPO) at the Family Justice Courts on your own and without engaging a lawyer.
- You will need to understand and fulfill the formal requirements of conducting the case on your own (e.g. file / submit documents to Court the correct format, pay filing / administrative fees, speaking and providing information in Court)
- As the Family Justice Courts will not provide you with any advice on what you should do, you would need to consult a qualified lawyer if you wish to obtain legal advice on the strengths and weaknesses of your case. The lawyer can also help by preparing the necessary documents on and appearing in Court on your behalf.
- A Personal Protection Order (PPO)is obtained by formally submitting documents and information to the Court to address the following issues:
- Proving that family violence has been committed or is likely to be committed against you
- o Proving that the PPO is necessary to protect you
- The Court has the discretion to decide on how long a Personal Protection Order (PPO) should last
- The Personal Protection Order (PPO) will last for an indefinite period (i.e. without an expiration date) if the Court does not specify a particular period of duration.
- The offender (or respondent) against whom a Personal Protection Order (PPO) has been issued may apply to the Court to review the terms of the PPO or to revoke (i.e. cancel) the PPO.
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