The restraining order process for workplace violence cases
A workplace violence restraining order can provide protection right away. Once the employer turns in the request, a judge will decide quickly whether to grant temporary protection right away for the employees listed on the forms. The whole process can take a few weeks to months, depending on how complicated the case is. If the judge grants a long-term restraining order, it can last up to three years.
Ask for a restraining order
The employer will complete and turn in court papers. A judge will decide whether to grant temporary protection right away.
Serve the other side
The other side (the person the employer is asking for protection from) must be served with (given) the court papers that were filed with the court.
Go to court
The employer will tell the judge why a restraining order is needed. The employer can bring witnesses and evidence to support the case. The other side can bring witnesses and evidence, too.
Finish the case
If the judge grants a long-term restraining order, there may be a couple more steps to take.