Protection Orders: Step by Step Court Navigation for Police Services, Community Service Providers and Lawyers (Session O)

14 Nov 2019
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Protection Orders: Step by Step Court Navigation for Police Services, Community Service Providers and Lawyers (Session O)

– Summary

This presentation reviews the processes and procedures on a step-by-step basis for applying for, obtaining and confirming protection orders at both the Provincial Court level and the Court of Queen’s Bench level in the Province of Alberta.

This presentation will be focused on the “teamwork” required to assist victims of family violence, including the role of lawyers, police services and those designated under child protection legislation in applying for and obtaining protection orders pursuant to the Protection Against Family Violence Act, R.S.A. 2000, c P-27.

In anticipation of the implementation of the Alberta Family Court, where Provincial Court Family and Court of Queen’s Bench Family will combine, this presentation will provide any available updates to protection order application processes and procedures.

Time will be provided for questions and discussion from those in attendance.

– Conclusion

Obtaining the goals of family violence deterrence, prevention and remedies requires all stakeholders working together. Separation of stakeholders does not assist victims of family violence. The legal complexities of the processes and procedures for applying for, obtaining and confirming protection orders can be daunting. Ensuring ease of access to the proper information for all stakeholders, including lawyers on the Legal Aid roster, a police officer enforcing an EPO in the early hours, to a designated Social Worker applying for an EPO on behalf of a vulnerable mother and her children, will help alleviate these concerns.