Various legislation has been amended as a result of the Family Violence Legislation Reform (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020.
The amendments provide for:
- applications for Family Violence Restraining Orders and Violence Restraining Orders to be made online;
- increased flexibility for courts in allocating hearing dates and serving documents in relation to applications for restraining orders;
- police to be able to grant bail for breaches of a Family Violence Restraining Order or a Violence Restraining Order in urban areas, consistent with their existing power in regional areas;
- courts to be able to impose electronic monitoring requirements as part of a home detention order in relation to a restraining order, a bail condition, or a sentence.
- new offences and penalties for interfering with electronic monitoring equipment, or failing to follow the directions of a community corrections officer for electronic monitoring.
These amendments have been incorporated in the relevant By Lawyers Guides.