Tips for Protection Orders in Colorado: Restrained Party or Protected Party?
Protection orders get confusing fast and not knowing the status of the protection order you are involved with can lead to serious consequences. Do not assume or guess when it comes to your protection order no matter which side of the order you stand.
Restrained PartyIf you are the restrained party or protected party will determine your rights. If you are a restrained party you are being ordered by the court to do or not do something. For example, you cannot contact another person. A defendant in a criminal case will be the restrained party in the protection order issued in that case.
Protected PartyIf you are the protected party you are NOT being ordered to do anything. This means that you are not required to change your behavior. It is the restrained party that must change their behavior. If you requested a civil protection order than you may also be called the petitioner. The petitioner is the person who filed the petition and the respondent is the opposing party, in this case the respondent would also be the restrained party.