How to Get an AVO Dropped?

In the NSW criminal justice system, it is usual for alleged victims or protected persons to ask NSW police officers or criminal defence lawyers how to get an AVO dropped. However, a mere intention for the protected persons to drop the AVO is not enough.


If you require advice regarding how to get an avo dropped, speak to avo specialist lawyers now. 

What are the steps to get an AVO dropped?

The steps for how to get an AVO dropped are:


First, the protected person should obtain independent legal advice from a lawyer other than the criminal defence lawyer acting for the defendant;


Second, the protected persons solicitor can prepare a letter on behalf of that person to send a letter to the police (known as representations). A specialist AVO lawyer should do this;


Third, the NSW police will usually take around 6 weeks to respond to these representations and consider withdrawing the AVO.


It is important to note that only an accredited specialist criminal lawyer will be able to use their experience and knowledge as a police officer to maximise your chances to get an AVO dropped. If the above fails, it is not uncommon for an NSW Police Avo application to follow its usual course.

Court Procedure

AVO proceedings are considered civil proceedings in the Local Court, not criminal proceedings. Usually, the NSW police will apply for an avo against a defendant. However, you can apply for a private avo. Accordingly, defended AVO proceedings usually follow the below procedure.

First Court date (First Mention)

You are required to attend the Local Court on the first Court date. The Court will set a timetable if you are defending the police avos proceedings against you. After that, the Court will order a timetable for the parties to complete before the case is set for a hearing.


An example of the timetable set down by the Court could be;


  • The “applicant” or “protected person” named in the AVO is to provide written statement(s) intended to be used as evidence in 2 weeks;
  • the defendant named in the AVO is to provide written statement(s) in reply (intended to be used as evidence) in 4 weeks; and
  • The case will be adjourned for 5 weeks to a second or subsequent court date for a ‘compliance check’ for the Court to be updated on whether parties have complied with these orders.


There is usually a provisional AVO or interim AVO that NSW Police impose when they make an application for an AVO. These applications will always have avo conditions attached to them.


You can choose to oppose the provisional or interim AVO on the first court date. Depending on the gravity of the allegations against you, the Magistrate will usually make an interim or provision AVO. You should seek legal advice if you wish to oppose making an interim order. An interim AVO is a temporary AVO that is enforceable while the Court case is ongoing.


Moreover, if a police officer fail to serve their evidence on time on you, the Court may dismiss the proceedings against you.

Second Court date (Compliance Check)

The second Court date is known as a compliance check. On this date, you should attend and the Court will ask the parties if everyone has complied with the Court’s orders. If the evidence has been served and both parties are ready to proceed, the Court will give a hearing date.


This is the date you must attend Court.

Final Court Date (Hearing)

At the hearing, the Court will read any statements that have been filed and consider the evidence that the parties present.


The procedure for hearing is that the applicant will first give evidence in chief against you. After completing this, you will have the opportunity to cross-examine that witness by asking them questions. However, from 1 September 2021, in domestic violence criminal matters or related apprehended violence order proceedings where a lawyer does not represent you, you are not allowed to ask the applicant questions about their evidence in Court directly. In this situation, the Court will appoint a suitable person to ask the questions on your behalf. Court-appointed questioners are court staff.


Once the applicant has presented all their evidence, you will have the opportunity to call or give evidence in your defence. Usually, this may be you giving evidence in chief and then the applicant cross-examining you.


Rules of evidence apply in the above proceedings. Generally, you or the applicant are not allowed to ‘surprise’ each other with evidence not filed with the Court before the compliance check. Defending AVO proceedings can be complicated, and it is a good idea to seek advice from criminal defence lawyers.

What the applicant for the AVO must prove against you

For a final AVO to be made against you, Section 16 of the Crimes Domestic and Personal Violence Act 2007 sets out the factors that must be proved on the balance of probabilities. This section states;


(1) A court may, on application, make an apprehended domestic violence order if it is satisfied on the balance of probabilities that a person who has or has had a domestic relationship with another person has reasonable grounds to fear and, in fact fears-

(a) the commission by the other person of a domestic violence offence against the person,or

(b) the engagement of the other person in conduct in which the other person–

(i) intimidates the person or a person with whom the person has a domestic relationship, or

(ii) stalks the person, being conduct that, in the opinion of the Court, is sufficient to warrant the making of the order.


If you have been found guilty of associated criminal charges such as common assault, an AVO order will be made automatically. However, the AVO will be dismissed if the applicant is unable to prove that:


(a) he or she fears that you will engage in certain types of conduct towards the PINOP, such as assault, molestation, harassment, threats or other types of prohibited conduct; and


(b) that their fears are warranted in all of the circumstances.

If an AVO order is made against me, Can I appeal?

Yes, you can appeal to the District Court of NSW. However, it is different if you have consented to an avo in Court and wish to appeal it. The District Court’s permission will first be required for you to be allowed to appeal. Accordingly, it would be best if you understood that an AVO order against you is not a criminal offence.


If you need help with police avos, you should speak to an experienced AVO lawyer. Call us today.

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