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Restraining orders

A Restraining Order is an order issued by the Court which is meant to protect a person from harm or harassment. There are several types of Restraining Orders, use this table to find out which one best fits your situation.

What kind of Restraining Order do I need?

People Type of Restraining Order
Neighbor or other unrelated person Civil Harassment Order
Family members, current or former individuals with whom you have
been intimate or had a relationship
Domestic Violence Restraining Order
You or abuser is over the age of 65 and there are allegations of
physical, financial or emotional/psychological abuse
Elder / Dependent Abuse
Workers and/or managers Workplace Violence


What is the next step?

  • Filing a  Restraining Order (Civil Harassment): 
    Follow the instructions Obtaining Temporary Restraining Orders.  Instructions are included for serving the other party. At the hearing, the Judge will review the application and make a decision on a Temporary Restraining Order.

  • Responding to a Restraining Order (Civil Harassment):
    Read the papers served on you very carefully. The Notice of Court Hearing tells you when to appear in court. There may also be a Temporary Restraining Order forbidding you from doing certain things. You must obey the order until the hearing, even if you disagree with the orders the person is asking for. Follow the instructions Response to Request for Civil Harassment Restraining Orders before your hearing date and file it with the court.
  • Filing and Responding to Other Types of Restraining Orders:
    Go to the Forms and Filings Page and download the Form Packet that best fits your situation.  (Domestic Violence, Elder or Dependent Abuse, Workplace Violence)

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