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What You Need to Know About Obtaining Protective Orders in California

A Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in an Emergency Order issued by a judge for a limited period of time. A TRO will expire unless there is a court hearing on the mater. A Permanent Protective Order (PPO) may then be issued by a judge after the hearing for a period of 1-5 years.

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It's always best to check with your local Rules of Court, which are generally found on the Superior Court Website. Each individual County may have specific time and/or filing requirements, and the Court Clerk may deny a request if it does not meet the necessary standards. Having a filing rejected for failing to check a box, or sign a form is very frustrating, and can easily be avoided by checking the rules in advance.

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