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Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO)

Is legal aid available?

Legal aid is available in most cases if you are applying for an apprehended domestic violence order (ADVO) against someone.

Legal aid IS NOT available in ADVO matters if:

  • the application is made by a police officer; or
  • Legal Aid NSW is satisfied that the application for an order is frivolous or vexatious, or
  • there are no reasonable prospects of success.

Legal aid is only available to defend an apprehended domestic violence order (ADVO) application in exceptional circumstances.

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Which tests apply ?

To apply for an ADVO - The applicant must meet a means test and the availability of funds test.

To defend an ADVO – The applicant must meet the means test, availability of funds test and there must be exceptional circumstances.

 

For more information see the following Legal Aid NSW publication: