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Legal terms

The law is difficult and is often described in technical language. Our glossary provides short descriptions of legal words and terms you will find on this website.

People or companies involved in a legal matter. 

Personal safety intervention order

A court order to protect a person, their children and their property from another person who is not a family member. 


A person who brings a civil matter against another person or company.


A formal statement by or on behalf of an accused person, stating guilt or innocence in response to a charge.

Proper venue

The court venue where a legal matter should be heard.

Prosecuting agency

The agency who made the charge for an offence – for example, police or council.


The person who appears in court to present the case against the accused person in a hearing.

Protected person

A person who is seeking protection through an intervention order.

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