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NOTICE OF HEARING AND TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER
(DOMESTIC VIOLENCE)
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Court Document required Request for Domestic Violence Restraining Order (form DV-100) (file-stamped) with applicable attachments; Notice of Court Hearing (form DV-109) (file-stamped) with applicable attachments; Temporary Restraining Order (form DV-110) (file-stamped) with applicable attachments IF GRANTED; blank Response to Request for Domestic Violence Restraining Order (form DV-120); blank Proof of Service by Mail (form DV-250)
Purpose of Process Notifies respondent of a hearing concerning various issues and restrains certain activities and conduct of the respondent until the hearing
Sheriff's Instructions Provide the name and address of the person to be served; list all documents to be served. The petitioner's attorney, or the petitioner (if the petitioner doesn't have an attorney) must sign and date the Sheriff's instructions.
Time for Service The NOH and TRO must be served at least five days before the hearing date unless the time is shortened by the court.
Manner of Service Personal Service
Fee Deposit None
Fee $40 (Paid through the Superior Court), $35 if Not Found, and $40 if canceled.
Proof of Service If service is made, a proof of service is sent to court and notice of service is mailed to the petitioner. If service is not made, the NOH,TRO and a certificate of not found/no service explaining the reason for non-service are mailed to the petitioner.
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The Domestic Violence Act is designed to curb violence and sexual abuse by separating the parties and restraining certain activities and conduct. The Act protects a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, relative, child and a person with a dating relationship to the restrained person. The petitioner may petition the court and obtain a notice of hearing (NOH) and temporary restraining order (TRO) to protect people and property. The NOH/TRO is a notice of motion advising the respondent to appear at a hearing to determine whether a long term injunction prohibiting certain activities should be issued. The temporary restraining order (TRO) restrains the respondent from certain activities and types of conduct for a limited period of time. If the TRO includes a removal order, the Sheriff will immediately move the respondent from the address and allow the respondent to take only personal clothing and effects needed until the hearing. The NOH and TRO should be given to the Sheriff without delay because any restraining orders must be entered in the California Restraining and Protective Order System (CARPOS-formerly DVROS).

The NOH and TRO must be served at least five days before the hearing date unless the time is shortened by the court. At the request of the petitioner, the Sheriff will serve the NOH and TRO without a fee deposit. If the NOH and TRO are served by someone other than the Sheriff, the proof of service must be filed with the court. The respondent is subject to immediate arrest for violating the court's orders if CARPOS indicates the NOH and TRO has been served.

The Sheriff accords a very high priority to restraining orders involving threatened violence. The first attempt to serve the NOH and TRO will be made no later than two business days after receipt. Up to three attempts will be made, including one night time attempt after 6:00 p.m. (unless the respondent cannot be found at the address in the evening.)  If the NOH and TRO are served, the Sheriff will mail a notice of service to the petitioner and file a proof of service with the court. If service is not made, the NOH and TRO will be returned to the petitioner together with a certificate of not found/no service detailing the reasons for non-service. If the respondent appears to be evading service, the petitioner may wish to consider using a friend or relative over the age of 18 or hiring a registered process server who can devote more time to effect service.

 

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  • Form DV100 Request for Domestic Violence Restraining Order (form DV-100) (file-stamped) with applicable attachments
  • Form DV109 Notice of Court Hearing (form DV109) (file-stamped) with applicable attachments
  • Form DV110 Temporary Restraining Order (form DV-110) (file-stamped) IF GRANTED with applicable attachments
  • Form DV120 Response to Request for Domestic Violence Restraining Order (form DV-120) (blank form)
  • Form DV250 Proof of Service by Mail (blank form)
  • Sheriff’s Instructions

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