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What is a Protection Order?
A Protection Order is a civil court order prohibiting a person from coming near you, your home, work, school or other locations as listed on the order.
Does my relationship to the person matter?
Your relationship to the person matters - it will determine what type or order is appropriate, an Order of Protection or an Injunction Against Harassment.
Where can I request a Protection Order?
You can obtain either of these orders from
Phoenix Municipal Court; any
Justice Court, or
Maricopa County Superior Court.
What is the process to obtain a Protection Order in Phoenix Municipal Court?
In order to request a Protection Order:
- You must appear in person at
Phoenix Municipal Court (Map).
- Complete the
Petition paperwork required for your request. (You can bring the completed forms to court.)
- You will meet with the judge to discuss the request you made in your Petition.
- If the judge grants your request, the Order is issued by the judge and must then be served on the person by a police officer or process server. (Please note: not all requests for a Protective Order are granted.)
- If the person who is served with the Order does not agree with the order, he or she can request a hearing and you will be required to come and testify at that hearing.
- The Protection Order is effective for 12 months from the date the person is served with the Order.
Can someone from the Prosecutor’s Office Victim Services Unit help me through the process of getting a Protection Order?
Yes. Our Victim Advocates can speak with you or meet you and help you through the process. If you have questions or want to speak with an Advocate call 602-261-8192.