Sheriff serves your request to renew
After you get a court date, you must have someone give a copy of your court papers to the other side. This is called serving papers. A sheriff can do it for free, but you can also choose someone else to serve for you. Serving the papers lets the other side know that you are asking to renew the elder or dependent adult abuse restraining order.
Before you start
The sheriff can be a good option for you because it is free and safe
The sheriff may not be a good option for you if you do not know where the other side lives or works, or if they move around a lot. The sheriff usually serves during normal business hours.
If you want someone you know to serve your papers, they must be:
- 18 or over, and
- not part of your case
You can't serve your papers yourself. Think about safety when choosing your server. If you choose to not have the sheriff serve your papers, you can ask someone else to serve your papers.
It’s important to have the other side served as soon as possible. Service can be a hard step to complete and may take multiple tries.
Give the sheriff your court papers
The sheriff must serve the restrained person with these forms:
- Request to Renew Restraining Order (form EA-700), including a copy of your current restraining order (EA-130)
- Notice of Hearing to Renew Restraining Order (form EA-710)
- A blank Response to Request to Renew Restraining Order (form EA-720) (for the restrained person to complete).
File your proof of service
The sheriff should give you paperwork after they serve (or try to serve) your forms
Once you get your paperwork
- Make sure the original proof of service or declaration of due diligence form gets filed with the court. If there is a stamp on the upper right-hand corner of the form, this means it was already filed and you do not need to file it with the court
- Bring a copy of the form to your court date.