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NSW AVO Being Contested - Do I Need a Lawyer?

Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by Maree Tucker, 4 December 2014.

  1. Maree Tucker

    Maree Tucker Member

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    Hi. I have taken out an AVO ( restraining order). The woman who I took out the AVO against has contested it and played things down in her statements with a solicitor. She’s made me look like the defendant full of lies. I am a pensioner. Should I get a solicitor for the hearing?
     
  2. Rod

    Rod Well-Known Member

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    Depends on your budget and the level of fear you hold for your safety and unfortunately only you can answer that.

    For an AVO it is quite acceptable for you to represent yourself and you just layout the facts and your fears as you know them to the magistrate. If you are nervous about what happens at court you can always go to the courthouse on any day and listen to other people's cases to see what happens. It is probably not as bad or as intimidating as you think :) Ring the court first to find out what day they list AVO cases, I think some courts set aside a special court room and specific days for AVOs.
     
  3. Sarah J

    Sarah J Well-Known Member

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    I agree with Rod. You can also contact your local community legal centre for some advice. Just present your facts (together with any supporting evidence) out as clearly as possible.
     

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