Revised January 1, 2016
DV-520-INFO, Page 2 of 3
Get Ready for the Restraining Order
At the hearing
Get to court at least 30 minutes
early. Find your courtroom. When it
opens, go in and tell the courtroom
clerk or law enforcement officer you
are present, and the names of any
witnesses, and if the witness needs
The person to be restrained has not been
served or needs time to get a lawyer or
prepare an answer.
The court may postpone (continue)
your case if:
The judge wants more information or your
hearing is taking longer than planned.
If this happens, you will have to come back another day.
The person who asked for the order may ask the judge to
make the temporary orders last until the new hearing
date. The court might use form DV-116
for the new
For most cases, the judge will make decisions about your
case at the end of the hearing. To decide if the requested
orders should be approved or not, the judge will decide if
the evidence shows that the person asking for protection
is entitled to a restraining order. The judge will consider
the evidence and the safety risks of the adults and
children involved in the case. If the judge makes orders at
the hearing, the orders will be on form DV-130
Restraining Order After Hearing.
At the end of the hearing
The court clerk might fill out form DV-130. If so, s/he
will take it to the judge. If not, ask who should fill it
out, and where to file it. After the form is filed, the
court clerk will give you up to 3 copies.
If you asked for the order(s):
You may be at court several hours. It depends on how
many cases there are. Your hearing may last just a few
minutes or over an hour.
Go to the front of the courtroom when they call your
Watch the other cases so you will know what to do.
Do not sit near or talk to the other person. If you are
afraid of the other person, tell the officer.
Warning! If you asked for the restraining order but do
not go to the hearing, your temporary restraining order
will end and there may not be a hearing. The court could
make other orders if the other side asks, even if the
restraining order is not granted. To get another
restraining order, you must fill out and file a new set of
Read the signed form DV-130
carefully. If anything is
different from what the judge said in court, ask the
clerk for help right away. Or talk to your lawyer, if you
Your temporary orders expire at midnight of the date of
your hearing. File your new order the same day so you
will be protected.
If the court makes the restraining order, the clerk will
send form DV-130
, Restraining Order After Hearing to
law enforcement. Doing this puts your orders in a
database called CLETS. This lets police everywhere in
the state know about the orders.
Important! Always keep a copy of the restraining order
In the courtroom
The judge may ask you questions. The
other people in the case and their lawyers
may ask questions, too.
Tell the truth. Speak slowly. Give
complete answers. You can read from
Try to answer exactly what the judge asks.
If you don’t understand, say “I don’t understand the
Speak only to the judge unless it’s your turn to ask
questions or the judge tells you to answer a question
from the other person or his/her lawyer.
Do not interrupt anyone! If the other person tells a lie,
wait until s/he finishes talking, then tell the judge.
Family Court Sevices
If you ask for parenting time (custody and visitation)
orders, the court may send both parents to Family Court
Services for court-connected mediation or child custody
recommending counseling. For more information, see
, Child Custody Information Sheet
—Recommending Counseling, or FL- 314-INFO
Custody Information Sheet—Child Custody Mediation.
If you are sent to Family Court Services, the judge may
extend the date of the orders (or make new temporary
orders) to last until your next court date.
Get Ready for the Restraining Order Court Hearing