Going to court

INFO SHEETS FOR PARENTS & FAMILY about court

 

Created by parents for parents

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Stages of court proceedings in care and protection cases

ALWAYS GO TO COURT

You may be told that you don’t have to go to court on one or more of the dates when you are listed. Always go. This shows that you are involved in your child’s life and in decisions that affect your child. It shows that you are committed.

“I remember just standing at the lights before the court and my stomach started getting really sore, I wanted to vomit and I was sweating heaps. I was having a panic attack. I was so nervous”. (Parent)

“Every time I went, I felt like that. It was just awful. But going to court, I never knew what I was going in for. I didn’t know what was happening, I just followed the lawyer.  People started telling me questions I need to ask the lawyer. The biggest one was to ask when I didn’t understand and getting to know my rights. It’s easier now because I know my rights, I know a lot of information now, I know questions I can ask the lawyer and I don’t have to agree with the lawyer.” (Parent)

Things have changed and I want my kids back.

The Children's Court made a decision that I am not happy about.

I think I have been treated unfairly or discriminated against.

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