What Are Protective Orders?

The purpose of a Protective Order is to restrain a person from committing an act of harassment or domestic violence against another person or persons. Requested petitions are typically seen by a judge and ruled on the same day.

Any court in the state of Arizona can review a petition and issue a Protective Order. There may be a court that is closer to your location. Below are links to other nearby courts to obtain a Protective Order. You will need to contact a specific court for information on their Protective Order process.

If there is an action for maternity, paternity, annulment, legal separation or dissolution of marriage pending between the parties, The Petition must be filed in the Superior Court​.  

If the Protective Order will be served outside the City of Phoenix, it may be in your best interest to request the order in the jurisdiction where it will be served.

Maricopa County Justice CourtsMaricopa County Superior Court

Two Types of Protective Orders

1. Order of Protection

An Order of Protection (A.R.S. 13-3602) is a court order to seek protection from a person you live with, now or in the past, or is an immediate family member. Examples of a requested Order of Protection would be filed against:

  • Your current or former spouse
  • Someone with whom you live or have lived
  • Someone with whom you are having a romantic or sexual relationship
  • One party pregnant by the other party or someone with whom you have a child in common
  • Your relative, or your current spouse's relative (contact the Court for specific relatives)
  • One of the parties is a parent, grandparent, in-law or sibling

2. Injunction Against Harassment

An Injunction Against Harassment (A.R.S. 12​-1809) is a court order to seek protection from a person other than someone you live with, a person with whom you have no relationship, or a current or former non-family member. Injunctions Against Harassment can be issued for individuals and workplaces. To have an injunction granted or issued:

  • The defendant must have committed acts of harassment in the last year
  • There must be at least two specific acts of harassment committed

Types of Harassment and Domestic Violence

  • Assault
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Aggravated Harassment
  • Aggravated Domestic Violence
  • Child or Vulnerable adult abuse
  • Criminal Damage
  • Criminal Trespass - first, second or third degree
  • Crimes Against Children
  • Custodial Interference
  • Disobeying a court order
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Endangerment
  • Harassment
  • Kidnapping
  • Stalking
  • Surreptitious Videotaping
  • Threatening and Intimidating


What A Protective Order Does

  • Prohibits a person from coming near a home, work site, school, or other locations listed on the court order
  • Provides you with legal recourse for one year if the person who is served violates the order

What It Does Not Do

  • Does not resolve landlord/tenant disputes
  • Does not change custody or visitation orders
  • Does not guarantee your safety


The Process

Obtaining A Protective Order

  1. Go to Protective Order Center on the 2nd floor of the Phoenix Municipal Court.
  2. Court staff will help you determine the correct Court action for your situation.
  3. Complete the paperwork for the judge to review.
  4. Once completed, you will meet with a judge to discuss your request.

Information We Will Need

    • Name, date of birth, and address of the person you are seeking protection from
    • Past or present court proceedings involving yourself and the person from whom you seek protection
    • Address and phone number of the person where the Protective Order can be served

Serving A Protective Order

If the Judge grants your petition for an Order of Protection the court will immediately send the Order of Protection and a copy of the petition for service on the defendant.  You may request a delay in service up to 72 hours from the time the Order of Protection is granted.  The agency closest to the defendant’s address will be assigned to serve the Order of Protection.  There is no charge for service of an Order of Protection.

REMEMBER - The Protective Order is not valid until it has officially been served by police or a process server. The more detailed and accurate information you can provide regarding the locations where the defendant can be served greatly increases the likelihood the order will be served successfully. This type of information includes complete and correct addresses as well as the times and locations of where the defendant lives, works and frequents within the City of Phoenix.


Protective Order Time Periods

  • The Protective Order is valid for 1 year from the date of service
  • If the Protective Order is not served within one year, it automatically expires

Court Hearings

The person you filed against can request a hearing anytime prior to the expiration of the Protective Order. If this occurs, the hearing will be set 5 to 10 days from the date of request and you will be notified by the Court. It is critical that you keep the Protective Order Center informed of any change in telephone or address.

  • If you fail to appear, the judge may dismiss the Protective Order

Dismissal of a Protective Order

Orders of Protection & Injunctions Against Harassment can only be dismissed by a judge. If the individual that requested the Protective Order would like the court to consider dismissing the Order, they must go to the Protective Order Center with a valid picture I.D. and complete the required paperwork provided by court staff.

Additional Information

  • Separate paperwork is required for each person from whom you are seeking protection.
  • Your address and phone number may be kept confidential (only available to court staff).
  • Not all requests are granted and some may require a court hearing with the person you are seeking  protection from before issuance.
  • If the Protective Order will be served outside the City of Phoenix it may be in your best interest to request the Order in the jurisdiction where it will be served.