James*, an unemployed Indigenous man was staying in emergency accommodation at a local homeless shelter.
James had been threatened by his ex-partner and was distressed and in fear for his safety.
James went to his local police station for help, but was told that he needed to complete and file his own application for a Domestic Violence Protection Order.
As he is not proficient in written English and had no other support, James wasn’t able to complete his application so that a Protection Order could be made.
Cairns Community Legal Centre first met James when he attended our Domestic Violence Duty Lawyer Service at Cairns Magistrates’ Court for assistance.
They adjourned James' court hearing, and then assisted him at their office through their General Legal Service, to properly compete his application for a Protection Order. The amended Application was then filed, and Cairns Community Legal Centre appeared at court for James on the next listed date where a Protection Order was made for his safety.
*This fictional name has been given to protect the client’s identity.