Pick up court papers from the clerk

After you file your forms, a judge will review your court papers to decide whether to grant temporary protection, if you asked for it. After the judge decides, you'll need to go back to the courthouse to pick up the court papers. If you did not ask for a temporary restraining order, you will get your papers back once the clerk stamps your copies.

Understand the judge's orders

Once you pick up your forms, look at the forms to see what the judge ordered.

You have a court date. Look at form GV-109 to see when and where your court date is.

If the judge signed form GV-110, this means there is a temporary restraining order. The orders granted on form GV-110 only last until your court date. You must go to your court date if you want a long-term restraining order.

Keep a copy of the signed GV-110 form with you at all times. If you have a phone, you can use it to take pictures of all the pages so you always have proof of the order. Having a copy of the restraining order will help if you need to call the police to report a violation.

If the judge did not grant a temporary restraining order, the judge can still grant a restraining order at your court date. If you still want a restraining order, you will need to follow all the steps in the process, including having the other side served. If you no longer want a restraining order, get free help at your local Self-Help Center or talk to a lawyer to learn how to cancel it.

There are people that can help you come up with a plan to keep you safe at work, home, and online. Learn more about creating a plan to stay safe from guns and firearms.

Serving your court papers

What's next?

After you get a court date for your restraining order, you must have someone give a copy of your court papers to the person you want a restraining order against (the other side in your case). This is called serving court papers.

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