A PPO is an order issued by the court. It can protect you from harassment, assault, beating, molesting, wounding, or stalking by another person. The order can also prohibit him/her from entering your premises and from removing minor children unless the removal is part of court-ordered visitation.
There are two types of PPOs:
- Issued only after the other person has been notified that you have filed for a restraining order and after a court hearing has been held.
- Issued without notifying the other person and with no court hearing. This is called an ex parte order.
To file for a PPO:
- An attorney is not necessary for this process.
- The county clerk's office can provide a "do-it-yourself" personal protection order packet.
- The packet will contain the necessary forms and instructions to request a hearing.
- In case of immediate danger, ask the clerk for an ex parte order form to complete.
- PPO goes into effect as soon as the judge signs it.
- The clerk's office will provide a copy to the local police so that it can immediately be entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.
Family Violence Hotline: 800-996-6228