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FAQ - Domestic Violence and Harassment

How can I get an Order of Protection or Injunction Against Harassment dismissed or changed?

The order or the injunction is valid for 1 year after it is served. During this year, the defendant is entitled to 1 hearing on the order. The defendant must file a written request for a hearing in the same court that issued the Order of Protection or the Injunction Against Harassment.

If the order is modified, the modified order must be reserved and is effective for 1 year from the date of service of the original order. The defendant will be asked to sign an Acceptance of Service in the courtroom. If they refuse to sign an Acceptance of Service form, the judge may detain them until a law enforcement officer is summoned to serve the order. The judge may also authorize a court employee to serve the order on the defendant in the courtroom.

Resources:

Protective Order Forms

Protective Order Information

Legal Info Podcast

Protective Order FAQ

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