Violence Restraining Order (VRO) and Misconduct Restraining Order (MRO)
A VRO is an order made by the court that prohibits the defendant from certain behaviour, such as harassment, stalking, intimidation, violence or the threat of violence. The purpose of an VRO is to provide protection from this behaviour in the future – it usually states that a person cannot behave as such or go within a certain distance of the home or workplace of the person lodging the complaint.
A MRO is an order made by the court that prohibits the defendant from certain behaviour including harassment and stalking. An MRO can be used to stop someone turning up at your work or constantly contacting you.
The Court can make an VRO if a defendant consents to an VRO being made, or if evidence is heard proving that a person in need of protection fears violence or harassment by the defendant. The magistrate also has to be satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for these fears in order to make an VRO.
If you need a restraining order, or if somebody has sought a restraining order against you, please contact one of our Perth VRO lawyers immediately.
What happens if someone tries to make an VRO or MRO against you?
You can object to a VRO or MRO being made against you and have the matter adjourned for trial at a later date. Under these circumstances, an interim order may be issued until the trial date. This means that the defendant is subject to the restraining order until the trial resolves whether it should be dropped or made on a final basis.
It is often a good idea to dispute a VRO or MRO if you disagree with the basis on which it is made. Restraining Orders reduce your freedom to live in the community.