This page is for court officials and describes the flow of case after it has been e-filed. It covers the specific steps of:
- Clerk’s (or District Court front desk staff) approval at which point the case is accepted and a cause number is assigned.
- Judge approval (or denial) at which point the signed Temporary Order (Denial) is created.
The case can be any of the civil protection orders such as:
- Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO)
- Sexual Assault Protection Order (SAPO)
- Antiharrasment Protection Order (AHPO)
- Stalking Protection Order (SPO)
- Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO)
Step 1: Locate the Case
First, login to LegalAtoms, and you will land on the dashboard.
In case you are using the test environment, you will see some cases added to your dashboard for testing purposes.
Select the desired case with the status Submitted by clicking on the eye icon.
Step 2: Clerk Approves
- When the clerk clicks on the Submission Received button a popup will appear where the clerk enters the Cause Number and clicks on the save button.
- Next, the clerk will click the Approve & Email button in order to approve the case.
Step 3: Judge Grant/Deny
The Judge can approve or reject the case by clicking the Start button. The Judge’s signature is mandatory in order to Grant/Deny a temporary order.
- Choose whether to Grant / Deny the protection order
- Add Judge’s Signature
- Submit the form
Step 4: Generate Documents
After Grant/Deny the protection order, click Generate Documents button and you will see the temporary order documents on your dashboard within a few seconds.
Step 5: Notify Clerk
Simply click on Notify button to send the temporary order documents to the clerk. A popup will appear where the Judge adds a message and click Notify button.