Temporary Protective Order: Magistrates may issue Temporary Protective Orders in matters involving domestic violence where there exists clear and convincing evidence of immediate and present danger of violence and
abuse after proceedings have been initiated in Family Court.
Temporary Protective Orders are available to the public during the business day and after hours. Please note
that the written Petition takes time for the Petitioner to fill out and the hearing can be lengthy. If your situation allows for it, please print the Petition for an Emergency Protective Order and fill it out prior to coming into the
Courthouse and requesting a hearing. Please also, if you are able, plan to arrive at the courthouse a minimum of one hour prior to the time that the Courthouse closes (4:30 p.m.).
This form may also be obtained in person from the Magistrate Court.