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Law Institute president Bill O’Shea said the effectiveness of intervention orders had been reduced.
“They were introduced, really, to combat domestic violence, and they’re now being used in a whole range of civil disputes, which has the effect of devaluing the significance of an intervention order,” he said.
Intervention orders were being taken out too often by feuding neighbours and unions in dispute.
“Basically, the whole strength of an intervention order has been devalued by the excessive use of it in less important areas,” he said.
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One in four of those complaints involved stalking accusations between neighbours.
Mr O’Shea said intervention orders could also lead to unnecessary criminal convictions against people when orders were breached by feuding neighbours, perhaps unintentionally.
He said criminal law should not be used to deal with feuding neighbours and in cases where there were no threats of violence.
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