Case type: Appeal against protection order.
Facts: The appellant and the aggrieved were in a relationship and had 2 children (). During family law proceedings, the aggrieved alleged that the appellant harassed her in numerous ways including: making complaints to government agencies such as the Queensland Ombudsman and Centrelink; filing a Notice of Child Abuse in the Family Court; and applying for a domestic violence order and claiming $250,000 for damages for perjury, both of which were dismissed ().
The Magistrate granted the protection order. He was satisfied that the applicant committed domestic violence in intimidating and harassing the aggrieved and was likely to commit domestic violence again ().
Issues: Whether the Magistrate erred in granting the protection order.
Decision and Reasoning: The appeal was dismissed. McGinness DCJ held that the appellant’s numerous complaints about the aggrieved were ‘unjustified and an abuse of process’ (). The actions constituted a course of conduct designed to intimidate and harass the aggrieved ().