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Written statemen​​​​​ts and evidence

    ​Police applications

    If the police made the application for an AVO on your behalf, they will also prepare the evidence for your case, including taking statements from you, your witnesses, and getting any photos or other evidence.​

    If you have any questions or concerns you can contact the police prosecutor or the Officer in Charge (OIC) of your case (the officer who took your statement and whose name is at the top of the application). If your application is about domestic violence, you can also contact the Domestic Violence Liaison Officer (DVLO).

    You should contact the police prosecutor or the Officer in Charge (OIC) before the next mention and check if:

    • the police have filed and served all the written statements in your case
    • the police have served the brief of evidence on the defendant, if they were ordered to
    • the defendant has filed and served his or her written statements.

    Private applications

    If you made the application yourself, you will need to prepare your case, including preparing your statement, the statements of your witnesses, and gathering any photos or other evidence.

    Written statements

    Usually, the magistrate will make directions (orders) for you to file and serve your statements first. You will usually be given no more than two weeks to do this.

    The defendant will then have to file and serve their statements. They will be given a further two weeks to do this.

    Your statement and your witnesses' statements are very important. In your statement you should include information about you and the defendant, the incident or incidents, why you need the AVO and how you feel about the defendant.

    Your witness statement can be written by somebody who saw or heard something that supports your claim, for example, a person who:

    • saw the defendant assault you
    • saw your injuries
    • can say that you are in fear of the defendant.

    It is an offence to make a false or misleading statement to the court in an AVO case, or to a magistrate or registrar for the purposes of an APVO application.  

    Instructions: For help preparing your statement, see Instructions for preparing a witness statement​.

    Sample: For a sample statement, see Sample protected person witness statement.

    Alert Icon These statements must include all of the evidence you want to give to the magistrate. You and your witnesses will not be able to give any more evidence at the hearing, unless you are given permission by the court. You will only be able to be cross examined at the hearing (asked questions by the defendant or their solicitor).

    Other supporting evidence

    You should also gather other supporting evidence to attach to your witness statement.

    Your supporting evidence could include:

    • hospital records
    • doctor's reports
    • police incident reports
    • photographs
    • copies of emails
    • copies of text messages
    • comments on social media, such as facebook and twitter.

    To get a copy of this information you may need to issue a subpoena, a court order that makes someone give documents to the court or come to court to give evidence, or apply to the police for a Police Incident Report.

    In order to issue a subpoena you will need to file the subpoena with the court registry. Once the subpoena has been stamped (sealed) by the registry, you will be able to serve it on (give it to) the person or organisation that you want to subpoena.

    Subpoenas

    There are three types of subpoenas:

    • Subpoena for Production
      This is a court order that requires a person to produce documents, for example, information from a phone company about calls or threatening text messages.
    • Subpoena to Give Evidence
      This is a court order that requires a person to attend a hearing to give evidence. You would use this form to get a witness to attend the hearing.
    • Subpoena for Production and to Give Evidence
      This is a court order that requires a person to produce documents and attend a hearing to give evidence.  You would use this form if you wanted someone to produce documents and give evidence at the hearing.

    You can get subpoena forms from:

    If you want to use a subpoena in your case there are many rules about when you can serve a subpoena and how much time the person you serve must have before they need to respond to your subpoena. When you serve the subpoena you must also give the person or organisation you are serving with the subpoena some money, called 'conduct money'. The amount to be given is not specified but must be reasonable. It must be enough to cover the cost of travelling to and from the court or the cost of looking for, photocopying and sending the documents to the court. Many organisations will have a set amount for conduct money. You should contact the organisation before serving the subpoena to make sure you provide enough conduct money.

    If you want to issue a subpoena, you should get legal advice.

    Sample: For a sample form, see Sample Subpoena for Production

    Sample: For a sample form, see Sample Subpoena to Give Evidence

    Sample: For a sample form, see Sample Subpoena for Production and to Give Evidence.

    Alert IconIf you need to issue a subpoena to get someone to come to court, you may want to consider whether they will actually help your case.

    Informal Access Application

    If the police were called to an incident involving you and the defendant, you may be able to get a copy of the Police Incident Report or a summary of the incident from the NSW Police. 

    You will need to fill out an Informal Access Application form. There is no fee for this application. You can get a copy of the form from the NSW Police Force website.

    You should then complete the application and send it to:​

    NSW Police
    Information Access and Subpoena Unit
    Locked Bag 5102
    Parramatta NSW 2124

    Hint iconDon't forget to keep copies of everything you file at court and serve on the defendant. You should also make a note of the date that you filed, posted or delivered any documents.

    Alert iconIf you are unsure about what evidence you need, get legal advice​.