Need to defend an intervention order

It is a frightening thing to have the police turn up at your home or
to be invited to a police station because of an Intervention Order.  If
you have just been served with an Intervention Order by the police  you
are not alone.  We have solicitor advocates in court every week helping
people to respond to a Family Violence or Personal Safety Intervention

An Intervention Order is a serious matter.

They can have really far reaching consequences.

  • If you are charged by the police for breaching an intervention order
    and found guilty you can end up with a criminal conviction that costs
    you your job or prevents you from entering some careers.

A breached Intervention Order is a
conviction that relates to violence.  That means you will not be
considered as a person of good character for most professions and may
affect your ability to hold a gun license.  If you were a hardened
criminal you probably wouldn’t bother with a license but it can be a
real problem if you’re a primary producer, need a gun license for your
job or are an enthusiast.

  • If you have just broken up with your partner and been served
    with a Family Violence Intervention Order it can have serious
    consequences with
    regards to how you are regarded by the Family Court.

All  courts have an absolute obligation
to protect people from violence and none more so than the Family Court
which takes family violence into account with regards to Parenting
Orders.  How much time you get to spend with your children and whether
that time has to be supervised will be influenced by any family violence
Intervention Orders in place.  Even if you are not a threat to your
children an Intervention Order against you for family violence will make
everyone think that you are.


It is critical that you get
accurate information about the family law consequences of Intervention
Orders.  Making the wrong choice could affect you for years to come. 

Contact us today on 03 9020 4120 for advice about your options and representation in court.

The two things you need our help with regards to Intervention Orders

In our experience people who have been served with an Intervention Order are looking for two things.

  1. Legal Advice
  2. RepresentationLegal AdviceIf you have been served with an Intervention Order you need to get legal advice.You should be looking for that advice from a law firm like Kenna Law that understands the cost and consequence that you may face if the Intervention Order goes undefended and how the court is likely to regard the accusations made against you.We represent hundreds of clients a year who have been served with Intervention Orders.  Our advice varies depending on their circumstances.While it may be in the solicitor’s interest if you fight your Intervention Order all the way when you meet with one of our team you’ll find that isn’t what drives our advice.  We find out your circumstances and advise you based on the choice that is in your best interest and then act on your instructions.

What are the choices?

  • Ignore the order – if you ignore the Intervention Order it will be granted against you without you having a chance to put your side of the story to the court.  We never advise people to ignore an Intervention Order.
  • Accept the order – sometimes the circumstances of the events that led up to the Intervention Order, your financial circumstances or the total irrelevance of the person who has placed the order against them means that clients accept the Intervention Order.
  • Negotiate an undertaking – an undertaking means that there is no order against you but you promise not to do the things that the Intervention Order prevented you from doing. If you break an undertaking then the Intervention Order is reinstated.
  • Amend the order – Intervention Orders are put in place without your knowledge or presence in the court.  Sometimes the story that is told means that an Interim Intervention Order is granted and sometimes it is just an application. Often we find that clients are served by the police with Interim Intervention orders that prevent them from living in their own homes, accessing their business tools and/or information or attending their place of work or education.  We can make an urgent application for the terms of your Interim Order to be modified if you find yourself in this kind of situation.
  • Fight the order – If our clients feel that the Intervention Order placed against them is so unreasonable, so unjust or even a case of mistaken identity that there is no option than to fight them all the way through to a final hearing.  It is usually not until the third appearance that we are able to present evidence when you decide to fight an Intervention Order.


Legal Representation

At Kenna Law we use a fixed fee model which means you have the certainty of knowing how much going to court is going to cost.

Magistrate’s Court Mention or Direction Hearings – suburban Magistrates’ Courts   $985.00
Magistrate’s Court Contest Hearings – suburban Magistrates’ Courts                        $1485.00

What’s included in the Kenna Law Fixed Fee?

We hate charging per hour as much as you do so we include all reasonable
time that is spent  defending you in one simple to
understand fixed fee. The fee is equivalent to four hours work by one of
our solicitor advocates and makes us not only one of  the best and most
experienced solicitor advocate firms in Victoria but also the cheapest.
Being cheap doesn’t make us nasty.  We include the following in our
Intervention Order Fixed Fee.

  • All phone calls to arrange representation and get an overview on the application.
  • GST.
  • Email review of all paperwork served on you.  Please scan or take a mobile phone photo of each page served on you or lodged with the court and send to or 0413 825 479
  • Responses to your emails.
  • Court representation on the day for any court within a 1 hour radius
    of our offices in East Bentleigh, Burwood or Lindhurst.  We represent clients in all Victorian courts but travel allowances apply to some regional courts
  • The fee for Contests is higher because of the additional work
    required to prepare your defense and includes up to three hours

What’s not included?

  • Conference with you at our offices for general advice or to prepare answers for further and better particulars when required by the Court.  Conferences with us for up to 90 minutes at our offices  will be $275.00 incl GST.
  • Travel to courts more than one hours distance from our offices.  We charge a
    travel allowance for regional courts more than one hour away from our offices.  See our cost disclosure for the current travel allowances.
  • Additional necessary time such as watching or listening to hours of recorded content.
  • Other types of legal matters that may result from or run alongside
    your Intervention Order matter such as Family Law, Debt Collection etc.

What happens when I fill out the form?

We will arrange a call back by one of our experienced lawyers to have a quick discussion about your situation and answer any pressing questions you have.

What does it cost?

The call back is free and there is no cost or obligation. The lawyer will tell you what our services cost if you would like representation and if you’d like to proceed the next step is to send them a copy of the order.

They will then book you in so that a lawyer to represent you is secured and an invoice will be issued. Your booking for representation will not be confirmed until you pay the invoice so make sure you attend to it as soon as you can.

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