Frequently Asked Questions - Domestic Violence and Harassment

How long is the order of protection in effect?

If the judge issues the order of protection, the defendant must be served with the order before it will be effective. If it is not served, it will expire one year from the date the judge issued it. Once an order has been served, it will be in effect for one year from the date it was served. A private process server or local law enforcement may serve the order. A law enforcement agency cannot charge a fee for serving an order of protection. If hiring a private process server, the plaintiff is responsible for delivering the copy of the order, provided by the defendant, to the process server and for paying a service fee and mileage.
Resources:
•    Things You Should Know About Protective Orders booklet

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