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When you are served with an application for an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO), you may have to go to court more than once.
You will need to go to court for the mention (the first court date). Then depending on what you and the applicant want to do, you may have to go to court for further mentions and a hearing.
At the mention the court will ask you and the applicant what you want to do. Depending on what you and the applicant want to do the magistrate may make some orders.
Before the mention, you should consider:
For more information, see
If you don't agree to the AVO being made, the magistrate or registrar may make directions (orders) for statements to be filed and served to prepare for the hearing.
For more information on preparing written evidence, see Written statements and evidence.
Your case will then be listed for another mention.
After the magistrate has checked that you and the defendant have followed directions to file statements, the magistrate may list the case for hearing. The hearing may be in a couple of weeks or months, depending on how busy the court is.
When the case is listed for hearing, the magistrate or registrar may need some information from you. You should consider:
Step by step guide: For more information on preparing for the hearing, see Preparing for the hearing - Step by step guide.
At the hearing, the magistrate will consider the evidence that is presented and decide if a Final AVO should be made and which orders should be included.
For more information, see Arguing your case.
Step by step guide: For more information on what will happen at the hearing, see
Presenting your case at the hearing - Step by step guide.
After the hearing, the magistrate will make a decision. They will either make an AVO or decide not to make an AVO.
For more information, see The decision.
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