The packet of forms necessary to apply for a Civil Harassment Restraining Order is available in Room 103 of the Court House from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for Court holidays. The forms may also be downloaded from the California Courts Online Self Help Center.
The completed forms must be filed with the Civil Legal Process Clerk. A filing fee is required if there is no evidence of physical violence. A Judge will determine if a fee is required. You may also apply for a fee waiver.
Filing the Petition: If you have an immediate need for a restraining order, the clerk will take your filed documents to a judge for review and a decision on a Temporary Restraining Order. If your application is granted, a Temporary Restraining Order will be issued and a hearing will be set for the parties to appear in court. This Temporary Restraining Order is only valid until that court date. The petitioner must pick up the documents from the clerk. It is the responsibility of the petitioner to have the respondent personally served by a person over the age of 18 not a party to the case. In addition, the petitioner must submit a copy of the filed paperwork to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. Proof of service for the respondent must be filed with the court before the date scheduled for the hearing.
Continuing a Civil Harassment Court Date: There are two ways you can continue your court date on your Civil Harassment case: