Serve by mail or in person
Look at item 16 on form EA-130 to see if the judge ordered you to serve by mail or in person. If you are ordered to serve by mail, this means your server only has to mail a copy of the restraining order to the restrained person. But, serving someone in person is always best. When you mail court papers, it may be hard to prove that the person actually received a copy especially if the person moves a lot.
Choose a server
You can't serve your court papers yourself.
Give your server a copy of your restraining order
Your server will need a copy of your restraining order (form EA-130 and any other form that is included in your restraining order). The sheriff may have paperwork you need to complete. If you need help completing forms, you may want to bring someone with you to the sheriff's office.
Have your server complete a form
A form, called "proof of service", must be filed with the court to prove that the restrained person was served.
File the proof of service form
Make a copy of the completed proof of service form. Take the original and the copy to the courthouse to file with the court clerk. The clerk will keep the original and return the copy to you. Keep a copy of the proof of service form with your restraining order (form EA-130).Then you won't need to file a proof of service form. Make sure the sheriff gives you a copy or you can get one from the court clerk. Keep a copy of the proof of service form with your restraining order.
Call 9-1-1 if you want the police to enforce your restraining order.
See the Resources page for help preventing elder or dependent adult abuse.
Now that you have a restraining order, you may need to enforce it if the restrained person violates the order. Also, there are other steps you may want to take to help enforce the order.