Either the protected person or the respondent can go back to court and ask the magistrate to ‘vary’ (change) the conditions of the order if:
- the conditions are very difficult to live with, or
- there has been a significant change in circumstances.
If the protected person wants to change the order
You may want to change the order if you:
- want to have contact with the , for example, you feel it’s safe to see or speak to the respondent
- are finding the difficult to manage
- need more protection and want to include more conditions on your order. For example, if you don’t feel safe living with the respondent anymore and want them to move out.
If the police applied for an order for your protection, contact them if you wish to change the order.
If the respondent wants to change the order
You can apply to change or ‘vary’ the order if:
- there has been a change in circumstances since the intervention order was made
- the change is significant enough to justify a change in the order.
A change of circumstance might be if you get a job in an office block next door to the protected person’s workplace. You could ask the to change a condition that stopped you coming within 200 metres of the workplace so you can go to work without breaking the order.
You will need to get permission from the court before you can make an application to change the order. This is called 'asking for leave'. Permission will only be granted if you can show that:
- there has been a change in circumstances since the was made
- your change in circumstances justify a change to the order.
How to change an order
If you want to change the order, contact the court . The registrar will help you fill in the court forms and organise for the other person to be notified. You will have to come back to court on another day to see a magistrate, who will make the decision.
When making a decision to change an intervention order, the magistrate will consider:
- why you want to change the order
- how the changes affect the safety of the person protected by the intervention order, especially if the protected person is a child
- what the protected person thinks about the application
- if the protected person has a
- the views of the protected person’s parent or , if the protected person is a child
- the views of the police if the police made the application.
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Reviewed 12 April 2022