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Protective Orders at a Glance

This section tells you about ways to use the courts to protect yourself and your family from abuse and harassment. It also gives you information on resources to make sure you and your family stay safe. Additionally, it gives you links to help you identify if you or someone you care about is in an abusive relationship and get help.

THIS SECTION EXPLAINS THE:
  • Different types of restraining orders,
  • Eligibility requirements,
  • Steps to take to get a restraining order, and
  • How to contest a request for a restraining order.
THE TYPES OF RESTRAINING ORDERS ARE:

Regardless of whether or not a temporary restraining order is granted, please make sure the other party is properly served with your paperwork and plan to attend the future hearing date scheduled by the judge. The future hearing date is where the judge decides on the permanent restraining order.


Multiple Restraining Orders

It is not uncommon to have both a Criminal Protective Order and either a Civil Harassment Restraining Order; or a Domestic Violence Restraining Order; or an Elder Abuse Order; when a criminal prosecution is involved. A party may seek a restraining order in family law or civil even when there is a Criminal Protective Order. Tell the judge and the District Attorney if you have another restraining order. The Criminal Protective Order takes precedence over other conflicting orders. That means if the criminal order is different from another restraining order, it will supersede any other orders as the primary order that must be obeyed. FOR EXAMPLE: If the family law order allows contact and the criminal order states "no contact", then the parties are not allowed to have contact.


Assistance by Phone, in Person or Online

POLICE:

If you are in danger or need help right now, call 911.

SUPERIOR COURT OF ORANGE COUNTY SELF-HELP CENTERS:

Self-Help Center staff is available Monday-Friday to provide procedural assistance and answer your questions at the court locations below.

Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm; Friday 8:00am-3:00pm

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OFFICE:

Staff is available to assist you complete the forms for a Domestic Violence or Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse Protective Orders at the Lamoreaux Justice Center (7th Floor, Room 705), 341 The City Drive, Orange, CA 92863.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm (closed 12:00pm-12:30pm)

Telephone: (714) 935-7956

CIVIL AND FAMILY LAW CLERK’S OFFICE:

See below for locations, hours, and phone numbers.

SUPERIOR COURT OF ORANGE COUNTY WEBSITE:

The court provides a variety of online services such as finding resources and information, accessing and filling out your forms, and viewing your case.


Court Locations to Request Restraining Orders

JUSTICE CENTER:

TYPES OF RESTRAINING ORDERS ACCEPTED FOR FILING:

VENUE:
(File your case at the Justice Center where the person you want restrained lives or harassment / abuse took place)

Lamoreaux Justice Center
341 The City Drive
Orange, CA
657-622-5720 or 657-622-5756

-Family Law Division: 7th Floor
-Self-Help Center: 1st Floor, Room 101
-Domestic Violence Assistance: Center 7th Floor, Room C-611

-Domestic Violence

All cities and unincorporated areas in Orange County

Central Justice Center
700 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
657-622-5720 or 657-622-5756

-Civil Division: 1st Floor
-Self-Help Center: 1st Floor, Room G100

-Civil Harassment
-Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse
-Workplace Violence
-Post Secondary School Violence
-Transitional Housing Misconduct
-Gun Violence Restraining Order

Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Orange, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Tustin, Villa Park, and Westminster

 

All cities and unincorporated areas in Orange County for Probate, Elder/Dependent Abuse and Gun Violence Restraining Orders.

Harbor Justice Center
Newport Beach Facility
4601 Jamboree Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660
657-622-5720 or 657-622-5756

-Civil Division: 1st Floor
-Self-Help Center: 1st Floor, Room 150

-Civil Harassment
-Workplace Violence
-Post Secondary School Violence
-Transitional Housing Misconduct

Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente San Juan Capistrano

North Justice Center
1275 N. Berkeley Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92838
657-622-5720 or 657-622-5756

-Civil Division: Upper Level, North Wing
-Self-Help Center: Upper Level, Room 355

-Civil Harassment
-Workplace Violence
-Post Secondary School Violence
-Transitional Housing Misconduct

Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Habra, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Placentia, Stanton, and Yorba Linda


COURTHOUSE SCHEDULES FOR RESTRAINING ORDERS:
  • Lamoreaux Justice Center: For Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, all parties should appear in the Family Law Clerk’s Office in room 706 no later than 3:30 p.m. to file their forms. The Clerk’s Office closes at 4:00 p.m.
  • North Justice Center: For Civil Temporary Restraining Orders and Work Place Violence Restraining Orders, all forms must be completely and accurately filled out before getting in line to file. You MUST be in line by 3:00 p.m. in order for your forms to be reviewed and sent up to the courtroom by 3:30 p.m. No Requests for Restraining Orders will be heard after 3:30 p.m.
  • Central Justice Center: Ex Parte Civil Harassment Temporary Restraining/Protective Orders are heard on Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Litigants should be in the Civil Division Clerk's Office by 3:00 p.m. Final check-in to complete and file documents is 3:30 p.m. in the Clerk's Office. The petitions will be ruled on the same day, unless it is after 3:30 p.m., in which case they will be ruled on the next court day. All forms must be completely and accurately filled out before getting in line to file.
  • Central Justice Center: Hearings for Elder Abuse Protective Orders are held on Monday – Friday at 9:00 a.m. Before your case can be heard by a judge, you must give the other person at least four hours’ notice of your intent to request a protective order against them. If you do not give notice, you are required to explain your reasons to the judge in your written declaration, and the judge will determine if you will need to be scheduled for another date to allow for proper notice to the other side. You will get your order on the same day that you come to court if your papers are completed correctly and submitted to the Probate Clerk’s Office before 4:00 p.m.
  • Harbor Justice Center: Requests for Civil Harassment, Workplace Violence, Post-Secondary School Violence and Transitional Housing Misconduct Orders can be filed at the Harbor Justice Center. Noticed hearings are set Monday – Friday at either 9:00 a.m. or 1:30 pm; the corresponding forms should be filed at least a half-hour before the respective noticed time. Completed forms for unnoticed requests must be filed Monday – Friday, no later than 3:30 p.m. If a party arrives after those designated times and needs to be seen due to an impending threat of violence or stalking, then the Clerk's Office will contact the courtroom and ask to have it reviewed/heard at that time.

HOURS:

All Justice Centers (including Lamoreaux Justice Center):
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm

Domestic Violence Assistance Center (located at the Lamoreaux Justice Center):
8:00am-4:00pm (closed from 12:00pm-12:30pm)

IMPORTANT:
  • Final check-in at the Clerk’s Office is 4:00pm. All parties should appear in the Clerk’s Office, Domestic Violence Assistance Center, or Self-Help Center no later than 3:30pm to complete the paperwork.
  • The Self-Help Center closes at 3:00pm on Fridays. If the Self-Help Center is closed, the Clerk’s Office or Domestic Violence Assistance Center can assist you.

WHAT IF I HAVE A DISABILITY AND NEED SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS?

If you have a disability and need help, fill out a Request for Accommodations By Persons With Disabilities (MC-410)  and file it with the court as soon as possible, but at least five days before the trial date.


WHAT IF I NEED AN INTERPRETER?

SELECTING AN INTERPRETER

By law, in California all official court business must be conducted in English. When one of the parties or witnesses in a case does not speak English well, that person will need a court interpreter (who speaks English and the non-English speaker’s first language) so he or she can understand what is going on and talk to the judge.
For more information on how to request a free interpreter, please click here for the Court’s Language Access page.

If you chose to hire your own interpreter, make sure you get an experienced court interpreter, you should consider a professional interpreter who has passed the required examinations and has officially registered and been approved as a court interpreter by the Judicial Council of California.

There are 2 types of officially-approved court interpreters in California:

  • Certified court interpreters: Only interpreters who pass the Court Interpreter Certification Examination and register with the Judicial Council are referred to as “certified" in these 13 languages:
    American Sign Language, Arabic, Cantonese, Eastern Armenian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Western Armenian.

  • Registered court interpreters: Interpreters of spoken languages for which there is no state certifying examination are called “registered interpreters of non-designated languages.” They must pass an English proficiency examination, and register with the state’s Judicial Council.
TRANSLATION OF DOCUMENTS

The California Courts website has a list of certified and registered interpreters for oral interpretation. Certified and registered interpreters may also translate documents, however, the California Courts does not test or certify an interpreter's written translation skills. The American Translators Association can also interpret documents.

TIPS FOR USING AN INTERPRETER

Using a court interpreter can be awkward because you have to go through another person to get your information or talk to the judge. Follow these tips when using an interpreter in a courtroom:

  • Listen carefully to the interpreter.
  • Wait for the interpreter to finish talking before you answer.
  • Speak slowly so the interpreter can hear everything you say.

Do not interrupt, even if someone in court says something bad about you. You will get a chance to speak.

INTERPRETERS FOR THE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING

Note: There are also American Sign Language interpreters and real time captioning for parties and witnesses that are deaf or hard-of-hearing (or have another disability). The court will provide a sign language interpreter or court reporter for you or other accommodation you may need. You can read more about this in the For Persons With Disabilities Requesting Accommodations section of this website to learn about the court's policy for accommodating persons with disabilities. Make your request as soon as possible, but at least 5 days prior to the hearing.


CAN I BRING CHILDREN TO COURT?

Children may be brought to the court and may stay in "Children’s Chambers" while their caregivers are conducting business with the court. Children’s Chambers is a safe drop-in center for children that lets children be children instead of spending long sessions listening to adult interactions that could be painful or frightening.

You can read more about which courts offer a Children’s Chambers and the guidelines.


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