Return of temporary assessment order

Follow this procedure when returning a temporary assessment order to court.

Procedure

Case practitioner tasks

  • Prepare a court report for the date specified in the temporary assessment order (TAO) that includes:
    • details of the action taken
    • results of the investigation and assessment
    • any other relevant information.
  • The original court report must be handed to the Court three days before the date specified by the Court in the TAO.
  • In metropolitan areas, fax a copy of the court report to the CPLO, or in a rural area to the divisional legal officer, three days before the hearing.
  • Provide a copy of the court report to the child or young person and parents three days before the hearing.
  • Fax a copy of the court report to the solicitors for the child or young person and parents three days before the hearing.
  • Arrange a legal aid appointment for the child or young person aged ten years or older so that the child can give instructions to their lawyer. Children or young people are not required to attend court unless they wish to.
  • Contact the Court or police to arrange security at court if there are worker safety issues.
  • Seek legal advice from the CPLO or your divisional legal officer prior to the hearing.
  • Complete CRIS requirements, including court screen and record of activity, decisions and rationales.
  • When you arrive at court, inform the CPLO of your arrival. In rural divisions, inform your divisional legal officer.
  • Notify Victoria Legal Aid that a child aged ten years or older or a parent requires legal representation if this has not occurred.

Supervisor tasks

  • Provide ongoing supervision and consultation.
  • Endorse and approve the court report.

Team manager tasks

  • Endorse the court report.
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