If you believe you require a protection order, please read through the definition below to verify your request meets the criteria for a an order to be granted. The screening criteria will determine if your petition will need to be handled through Superior Court or District Court.
• A knowing and willful course of conduct directed at a specific person which seriously alarms, annoys, or harasses, or is detrimental to such person and which serves no legitimate or lawful purpose. The course of conduct shall be such as would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress and shall actually cause substantial emotional distress to the petitioner, or when the course of conduct would cause a reasonable parent to fear for the well-being of their child.
"Course of conduct:"
•Means a pattern of conduct composed of a series of acts over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of purpose.• Includes, in addition to any other form of communication, contact, or conduct, the sending of an electronic communication. Constitutionally protected activities, including free speech, are not included within the meaning of "course of conduct."
Unlawful Harassment Screening Criteria
If you and the respondent are one or more of the following, you must contact Superior Court to file a petition:
related by marriage, registered domestic partner, parent or child, child in common or if the allegation is sexual assault or physical abuse and parties are in a dating relationship.DO NOT use the petition documents on this page to file with Superior Court, they will be rejected.
If you do not fall into one or more of the above categories, please read through the "Unlawful Harassment Information" portion of this page.
Unlawful Harassment Information and Petition
• The respondent will need to be served a copy of the order. This must be done by the law enforcement agency in their jurisdiction. There will be no fee for this service.
• Please note, the first page of the petition is for law enforcement's use only and remains private. The petition and any supporting documents will become public record through the court. Please use as much detail as possible on the first page even if its an estimate.
• Read the entire petition, ensure that every questions is answered even if the answer is "unknown or not applicable." Keep in mind the clerk can not assist in filling out the form, can not give legal advice or guess how the judge will make a decision.
• If you are including your minor children, the petitioner field should read “Your Name & OBO Minor(s)”
• If you are filing ONLY on behalf of a minor child, the petitioner field should read “Your Name OBO Minor(s) only”
• A separate petition can be filed requesting the court to order respondents weapons be surrendered, please file both petitions at the same time
What To Expect Next
The respondent will need to be served the order, this MUST be done by the law enforcement agency in their jurisdiction.
If the judge grants a temporary protection order, a follow up court date in approximately two weeks will occur. The protection order will be in effect until this next hearing where both petitioner and respondent can be heard by the judge. Typically, at this hearing, the judge will make a determination if a full order, which can be one year or more is to be issued, or if the order should be dismissed.