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Costs in Apprehended Violence Order cases

The court can make an order that one party pay the legal costs of the other party in an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) case.

Legal costs include lawyer's fees and expenses such as conduct money for witnesses. Legal costs do not include lost wages.

    ​Costs if the court does not make a Final AVO

    At the end of a case, if the court decides not to make a Final AVO, you can ask the court to make an order that the applicant pay your legal costs. The amount of costs that the court may order be paid to you might only be part of the actual costs that you have to pay to your lawyer.

    Alert IconThere are limits on when costs can be ordered in Apprehended Violence Order (ADVO) cases. Costs will not be awarded against an applicant who:

    • is applying for an ADVO, unless the court thinks the application was frivolous or vexatious (a frivolous or vexatious application is an application that is trifling or not serious or deliberately made to cause unnecessary trouble)
    • is a police officer applying for an ADVO, unless it can be shown that the police officer made the application knowing that it contained important information that was false or misleading or the police officer significantly deviated from reasonable management of the case.

    The court can award costs against the applicant in their application for an Apprehended Personal Violence Order (APVO) for any reason, including:

    • where the application was frivolous or vexatious
    • where the applicant, or the applicant and you do not attend court
    • where the applicant withdraws the application
    • where the case is invalid for any reason, for example, if the application named the wrong defendant.

    The amount of costs that can be awarded is an amount that the magistrate thinks is reasonable.

    If the applicant asks the court to delay (adjourn) a case, the court can award legal costs to you if you have incurred more costs as a result of the unreasonable conduct or delay of the applicant. The court can make this order even if you do not ask for it.

    Costs if the court does make a Final AVO​

    At the end of a case, if the court decides to make a Final AVO, the applicant can ask the court to make an order that you pay his/her costs. The court can award the applicant legal costs. This may not be the full amount but an amount that the court thinks is reasonable. The magistrate may also order that you pay court costs.

    If you ask the court to adjourn (postpone) a case, the court can award legal costs to the applicant if he/she has incurred more costs as a result of any unreasonable conduct or delay caused by you. The court can make this order even if the applicant doesn't ask for it.

    Alert IconIf you are a defendant in an AVO case and are concerned that the court might award costs​ against you, you should get legal advice.