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If a Final Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is made against you when you are not in court, you can apply to have it annulled (cancelled) within two years of the date that the order was made.
You can't apply to have an AVO annulled if you were in court when it was made.
Before making your application for annulment, you should get legal advice about:
You need a copy of the Local Court form:
You can get a copy from:
In your application, you must:
Sample: Annulment Application(23.358 kb) or text only version
Once you have completed your form you must:
Once the Court has processed your application, you will get a date to go to court. This may be on the same day or on another day.
You can file an annulment application at any NSW Local Court, but your matter will be dealt with at the same court where the original decision was made.
The Registrar of the Local Court will notify the protected person and the police of your application. You don’t need to serve them with a copy of your application.
When you go to court, you will need to explain:
The police or the protected person may oppose your application.
The Court must annul the AVO if:
If the AVO is annulled, the Court will re-hear the application for an AVO, either immediately or at a later date.
You must be ready to respond to the application for an AVO straight after the Court grants you an annulment.
If the Court decides to re-hear the application for an AVO on another day, it will notify the police or protected person of this date.