The ability for Judge to approve/deny a temporary order

Recently updated on June 13th, 2024 at 04:18 am

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)
  • Anti-harrasment 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 Email Content.
  • 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.

  • Choose whether to Grant / Deny the protection order
  • 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: Add signature in the document

LegalAtoms allows to judge add signature to a temporary order document using the Edit HTML feature. Follow the given steps to add signature in the document.

  • Click the Edit icon/button to open the document in edit mode.
  • In the document editor, click on the top left Edit button and then click on Yes button to switch to Edit HTML view. 
  • Scroll through the Edit HTML document to locate the judge section where the signature should be placed.
  • Place your cursor in the desired location for the signature. Judge can upload signature or can add signature as a plain text.
  • Judge can add name in the input field "Print Judge/Court Commissioner Name".
  • Once judge have added the signature and name, click on the Cross icon button to save the changes to the document.
  • Generate the documents, the save changes will be reflect in all the document within the section.
  • After changing the document manually via Edit HTML feature judge can not amendment to the question he can only view the questionnaire.


Step 6: Notify Clerk

Simply click on Notify button to send the temporary order documents to the clerk and petitioner. A popup will appear where the Judge adds a message and click Notify button.