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Apprehended Personal Violence Order
Word or phrase
The need for the person who makes a claim, or charges someone with an offence, to bring evidence to prove the claim or charge. It is also called the onus of proof.
Word or phrase
A covenant is an agreement. Covenants are often made about land.
For example, a covenant never to build on certain land. The limits or obligations created by a covenant stay with land even when it is sold.
Court Referral of Eligible Defendants into Treatment
A record that lists the criminal offences a person has been found guilty of and the penalty that they have received for the offences. A Section 10 dismissal is not usually recorded on your criminal record.
In civil cases a plaintiff makes a claim for money against a defendant. Sometimes the defendant believes that the plaintiff actually owes them money. In these cases the defendant can file a claim against the plaintiff. This is called a 'cross claim'.
After a witness for one party has given their evidence (called 'evidence in chief'), the other party in the case, or their lawyer, can ask the witness questions about their evidence. These questions are called 'cross examination'.
Community Service Order
Compulsory Third Party (CTP) car insurance
To be in the care and control of police, at a police station or another place of detention.
Custody Management Record
A document, which details a person's time in police custody.
brought against them.
For example, husband and wife or mother and son.
Domestic Violence Order (DVO)
Domestic Violence Order, Interstate Domestic Violence Order or Foreign order.
Domestic Violence Liaison Officer
Word or phrase
This may include money, shares, vehicles, land and personal belongings.
domestic violence order made by a court in New Zealand or an apprehended
personal violence order made by a court in another state or territory of
Australia, or made by a court in New Zealand.
Federal Diversity Jurisdiction
The Constitution says that the federal parliament has power to invest a court of a state with federal jurisdiction. Diversity jurisdiction involves a dispute between residents of different states.
violence order made by a court in New Zealand.
Fair Work Australia
Interstate Domestic Violence Order (Interstate DVO)
violence order made in the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory,
Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.
Under the influence of alcohol, a drug or any other substance.
Local Domestic Violence Order (Local DVO)
violence order or an interim apprehended violence order made in New South
Land & Property Information