Domestic Violence (Amendment) Act, 2002

Amendment of Domestic Violence Act, 1996.

1.—The Domestic Violence Act, 1996 , is amended—

(a) in section 4 (interim barring orders), by substituting the following subsection for subsection (3):

“(3) (a) An interim barring order may be made ex parte where, having regard to the circumstances of the particular case, the court considers it necessary or expedient to do so in the interests of justice.

(b) The application for such an order shall be grounded on an affidavit or information sworn by the applicant.

(c) If an interim barring order is made ex parte

(i) a note of evidence given by the applicant shall be prepared forthwith—

(I) by the judge,

(II) by the applicant or the applicant's solicitor and approved by the judge, or

(III) as otherwise directed by the judge,


(ii) a copy of the order, affidavit or information and note shall be served on the respondent as soon as practicable.

(d) The order shall have effect for a period, not exceeding 8 working days, to be specified in the order, unless, on application by the applicant for the barring order and on notice to the respondent, the interim barring order is confirmed within that period by order of the court.

(e) The order shall contain a statement of the effect of paragraph (d).

(f) In paragraph (d) ‘working days’ means days other than Saturdays, Sundays or public holidays (within the meaning of the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 ).”,


(b) in section 5 (protection orders), by substituting the following subsection for subsection (4):

“(4) A protection order may be made ex parte.”.