Recently updated on October 16th, 2023 at 01:30 am

Prepare your Court Forms Online for Restraining Orders in California

This website helps victims learn about the types and then create official court forms required for getting a restraining order in California.

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HOW IT WORKS

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1. Take Screening

Start with an online screening tool to help you decide which civil protection order fits your situation the best.

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2. Prepare Documents

Instead of looking at the legal forms themselves, you will be guided thorough a series of detailed questionnaires. These will gather the necessary information topic by topic. The questions are in plain and non-legal language. To make this process as simple as possible, our system will then generate the official court forms with your responses printed on them.

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3. Consult Advocate (Optional)

You can consult a victim advocate or pro bono (free) lawyer to get guidance on restraining orders.  These resources are paid for typically by government and can help you review your case documents, and talk to you directly to discuss your case and safety planning. 

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4. File with the Clerk

You can formally begin the case by filing with your local court.  You will be informed about which specific court you need to file at as its important to go to one that has jurisdiction over your case. You can file by either printing and visiting the clerk's office at the court or in many locations online directly from this website. 

TYPES OF RESTRAINING ORDERS

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Domestic Violence Restraining Order

Domestic violence is abuse from a romantic partner, or a family or a household member including step parents and in-laws. The abuse can involve hitting, injuries or sexual violence, or a pattern of harassment or controlling behavior or even just threats to harm.

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Private Postsecondary School Violence Prevention Restraining Order

Only a private school administration can request this type of restraining order to protect a student (and their family) from threats of violence on campus.

More details coming soon.

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Civil Harassment Restraining Order

For protection against harassment, stalking, abuse, or threats by someone who is neither a current or former romantic partner or a close family or household member. This includes distant relatives like cousins, aunts or uncles, or nieces or nephews.

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Workplace Violence Restraining Order

Only an employer can ask for a workplace violence restraining order to protect an employee who has suffered stalking, serious harassment, violence, or a credible (real) threat of violence at the workplace. An employee cannot ask for this restraining order.

More details coming soon.

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Elder/Disabled Abuse Restraining Order

This is aimed at senior citizens (over 65) or other disabled persons. This protection order is aimed at protection them from someone who is mistreating them or exploiting them financially or an abusive caregiver.

More details coming soon.

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Gun Violence Restraining Order

This is aimed at restricting access to firearms from someone who poses a significant danger to self or others. This protection order must be requested by a family or household member or a law enforcement agency.

CONVENIENCES

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Privacy

You can explore legal options for getting a protection order while maintaining your complete privacy.  Nothing is shared with the government unless you share or submit.

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Resources

Learn about free community and pro bono resources. Connect with them and share your case data with a few clicks.

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Comprehensive

Covers all common situations such as those involving minors, or firearms, or others permitted by the Washington State law, thereby saving you time. 

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Forms Selection

Correct form, and the most updated versions are automatically selected based on your situation. 

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Automated Checks

Run automated checks to verify correctness of your responses and to avoid mistakes that may cause delays in securing a protection order.

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Simplified

All questions are presented in plain non-legal language. Difficult concepts are broken down into simpler steps. 

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Legal Information

The legal information contained here does not constitute legal advice or substitute for legal advice.

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Superior Court

This website provides services to prepare cases at Superior Courts at Counties across California as they share the same laws.  It also has county specific slight changes such as additional court forms required. 

CONTACT TECHNICAL SUPPORT

This contact form is for technical support questions only. For non-technical questions please contact the victim advocates at the telephone numbers listed at the bottom of this page.  

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