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Protective Order Center - Orders of Protection
You may apply for and receive an Order of Protection if you meet the following requirements:
The defendant is:
- Your spouse or your former spouse.
- Your roommate or your former roommate.
- The father or mother of your child or your unborn child.
- A person that you were previously or are currently involved with either romantically or sexually.
- Your parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child, or grandchild.
- Your spouse's parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild.
The defendant committed, or is about to commit, any of the following:
Any dangerous crime against a child under 15 years of age (A.R.S. 13-604.01) which includes: second degree murder;
aggravated assault resulting in serious physical injury or involving the discharge, use or threatening use of a deadly
weapon or dangerous instrument; sexual assault; molestation of a child; sexual conduct with a minor; commercial sexual
exploitation of a minor; sexual exploitation of a minor; child abuse; kidnapping; sexual abuse or continuous sexual
abuse of a child; taking a child for the purpose of prostitution; child prostitution; involving or using minors in drug offense.
Any of the following acts in which the defendant:
How to Obtain an Order of Protection:
Helpful information when seeking an Order of Protection
- threatens or intimidates;
- assaults, including use of a dangerous weapon or causing serious bodily harm;
- kidnaps or unlawfully imprisons;
- interferes with the custody of a child unlawfully;
- criminally trespasses or criminally damages; disorderly conduct or stalks;
- abuses a child or vulnerable adult;
- interferes with judicial proceedings;
- uses a telephone to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy, or offend;
To Obtain an Order of Protection:
You may request an Order of Protection at any of the
Protective Order Center locations at the Superior Court, or go to one of the municipal courts or one
of the justice courts. Regardless of where you reside in Arizona, generally, any court in Arizona may issue an Order of Protection.
Completing the Paperwork:
When you arrive at the Protective Order Center, you will be required to
complete the necessary paperwork using a computerized Domestic Violence prompt system. The paperwork will include a
Petition in which you will be required to provide specific acts of domestic violence and name each individual you
believe should be included as a protected person. You must sign and swear or affirm to the truth of the petition
before a person authorized to administer an oath. Court staff is available to help facilitate your completion of
the necessary paperwork and to direct you through the process of filing the paperwork. There is no fee to file a
Petition for Order of Protection. Please allow at least two hours to complete the process and be prepared to
describe all incidents between yourself and person from whom you are seeking protection. If you are seeking protection
from multiple persons, you will be required to complete paperwork for each person.
- Bring picture ID (if available).
- Your address information (house, work, schools, & other locations you wish to have protected).
- Defendant name, address, date of birth, social security number (if known), description & other useful information if known.
- Dates the incidents occurred and case numbers if applicable.
- If adding minor children, please provide their date of birth & social security numbers if known.
- Expect to be at the Court house for at least 2 hours.
- No Children allowed in court room.
- Special procedures apply when the Plaintiff and/or Defendant are minors.
After you complete the paperwork you will appear before a judge to give testimony regarding the incidents you have alleged in the petition.
If the judge finds sufficient grounds, the judge will issue the Order of Protection and you will need to arrange to have the Petition
and Order served on the defendant. Please be aware that not all requests are granted and some may require a court hearing with the
person you are seeking protection from before issuance.
Service of Petition and Order:
If the judge signs the Order of Protection, you must give legal notice to the defendant through
formal service of a copy of the Petition for the Order of Protection and a copy of the signed Order of Protection.
It is the plaintiff's responsibility to initiate the process of serving the defendant. You cannot serve these papers yourself.
ONLY law enforcement or a registered process server can serve the Order of Protection. Law enforcement agencies do not charge
for service of an Order of Protection. As part of the paperwork you receive after completing a petition, you will receive a
list of Law Enforcement Agencies that can serve the Order of Protection and their policies regarding service of Superior
Court Orders of Protection. After the law enforcement agency or the private process server serves the papers on the defendant,
a certificate or affidavit of service will be filed with the Court by them with the court to prove that the defendant
received notice of the Order.
Until the Order is served, you should keep an additional copy of the Order of Protection in your possession in order for law
enforcement to complete service on the defendant if the defendant has not been served and comes near you.
Call 911; explain that you have an Order of Protection and the defendant is approaching you, and that you also need the paperwork served.
Have the law enforcement officer serve the defendant with your copy of the Order of Protection.
Effect and Validity of Order:
Orders of Protection are not valid until served on the defendant.
The Order of Protection must be served within one year of its issuance. Once served, an Order of Protection is valid
for one year from the date the Order is served.
Even if you initiate contact, the Defendant could be arrested for violating this protective order.
If the Defendant does not want you to contact him/her, the Defendant has the right to request a protective order against you.
Law Enforcement Standby:
If you or the Defendant needs to get personal belongings from the other, you may request standby from the judge.
Standby allows you or the Defendant to return once with a law enforcement officer to obtain necessary personal belongings from the residence.
Neither law enforcement nor this protective order can resolve conflicts over property, title, furniture, finances, real estate, or other ownership issues.
You may request that the judge order the Defendant not to possess, receive, or purchase firearms or ammunition.
How to Request a Hearing on an Order of Protection:
If the Defendant disagrees with the Order of Protection, he/she has the right to request a hearing
which will be held within 5 to 10 business days after a written request has been filed in the court that issued the order.
To request a hearing on an Order of Protection, the Defendant must go to one of the Protective Order Centers to complete a
Request for Hearing form. A hearing date will be set and the plaintiff will be notified of the hearing.
If you live outside Maricopa County, you may download and complete the Notice of Hearing form that is located on the Court's website at:
You must follow the instructions set forth in the Procedures.
How to Dismiss or Quash an Order of Protection:
A plaintiff may request that an Order of Protection be dismissed or quashed at any time during the term of the order.
Only a judge can dismiss or quash an Order of Protection.
To file a motion to dismiss or quash an Order of Protection, you must go to one of the Protective Order Centers to complete a motion.
You will be required to provide identification to court personnel at the time you complete the Motion to Dismiss or Quash.
You will be required to appear before a judge and explain why you want to dismiss the order. Please allow at least two hours for the entire process.
How to Modify an Order of Protection:
A plaintiff may request that an Order of Protection be modified at any time during the term of the Order.
Only a judge can modify an Order of Protection.
To modify an Order of Protection, you must go to one of the Protective Order Centers to complete the appropriate paperwork.
You will be required to provide identification to court personnel at the time you complete the paperwork.
If the defendant has been served with the original Order of Protection but has not requested a hearing, you will be required to appear
before a judge and explain why you want to modify the order. If a modification is requested after a hearing has been held on the original
Order of Protection, a hearing will be set and notice of the hearing must be given to the defendant.
Please allow at least two hours for the entire process.