What happens at the first court date in my child protection case?

Your first court date will be listed on page 1 of the you got from a (CAS).

It's important to go to your first court date. You should go even if you haven't been able to find a lawyer or file a Form 33B.1 Answer and Plan of Care.

You should try and speak to if you don't have a lawyer.

At your first court date, CAS must tell the court why they think that your child is in need of protection and the orders they're asking for.

You also get the chance to speak to the judge about your case and what you'd like to happen to your child.

You can ask the judge to return your child to your care. Or you can ask for your child to be returned with temporary terms of supervision. This means CAS will check to see if you're looking after your child until your court case is decided.

The judge usually makes a about who will care for your child while your case is going on.

The temporary order says whether your child will be cared for by you, CAS, or another person until a temporary care and custody hearing takes place.

If the judge doesn't return your child to you, you can tell the judge what kind of access you would like. The judge decides what you get to your child. They may order .

Next Court Date

The judge usually orders that your case come back to court in a few weeks. This gives you time to find a lawyer and to and your court documents that tell the court what you want to happen.

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