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 court report must be provided to the Court by uploading it to the CMS Portal three days before the date specified by the Court in the TAO.
- In metropolitan areas, email 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.
- Email 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.
- Notify the Court in the CMS Portal within the relevant hearing 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.
- Provide ongoing supervision and consultation.
- Endorse and approve the court report.
Team manager tasks
- Endorse the court report.