How to get a protect order

A protection order can be asked for from any District Court in Papua New Guinea. Anyone who is the victim of any kind of violence can apply to the Court to ask for legal protection from that violence. There should be no charge at the Court for applying for this protection.

There are two types of Protection Order, an Interim Protection Order(IPO) and a Protection Order(PO). The key difference between an IPO and PO is the length of time a Judge can grant the order for.


An IPO is the first step in getting legal protection. An IPO is valid for 30 days, usually to give all parties some space and time to work out their issues. At the end of the 30 days both parties will be required to go back to Court to update the Judge on any progress with the order.


A PO is issued for any length of time up to 2 years, it is often made by the Judge at the conclusion of couples counselling facilitated by the Court. You will need to return to court at the end of the period specified to either have the order extended or removed depending on the circumstances.

Any person can apply for a protection order, you do not need to have a lawyer do this for you. If you feel that you need to have a protection order you can go to any court and ask the staff there to complete an application with you or on your behalf.

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