Legal system glitch in domestic violence cases may be fixed

A GLITCH in the NSW legal system which prevents domestic violence victims from applying for protection orders outside court hours could be fixed as early as this week.

Under new legislation, expected to be tabled in NSW Parliament in coming days, senior police officers will have the power to issue provision Apprehended Violence Orders if there is "good reason" to believe someone's safety or property is under immediate threat.

Officers with the rank of Sergeant and above will make the order and the case will then be listed to go before a court within 28 days.

NSW Attorney Greg Smith said four of five ADVO applications were made outside of court hour, potentially delaying protection for a victim.

The proposal is among the recommendations made following an Upper House inquiry into domestic violence trends and issues.



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