Interim and Final Orders

A Restraint or Protection Order can be either an interim order or a final order.

Interim Orders

Interim orders are temporary orders. They may be granted without the presence of the party who is to be restrained. The interim order will be in force until the next hearing stage or for a set period of time. There must also be a high level of risk.

Final Orders

Final orders are orders made after a Magistrate hears the application. Final orders may be consented to by both parties (without admitting to the allegations contained in the application or response to the application) or a Magistrate can decide the orders that should be made. A final restraint order will be in place for such period of time as consented to or ordered.