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Dated Court Documents


  Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

Requirements:

  • Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and Notice of Hearing (DV-110)
  • Request for Order (DV-100)
  • Answer to Temporary Restraining Order (DV-120)
  • Additional documents, if applicable
  • Letter of Instructions (link to form)
    • Should specify the name (work and/or home) of the person to be served and any potential risks involved in serving the documents such as weapons, dogs, outstanding warrants, substance or alcohol abuse, etc.
    • It should provide a physical description of the person to be served as well as any identifying marks (scars, tattoos, etc.).
    • May include a photograph of the person being served if available.
    • Must be signed and dated by the petitioner’s attorney or the petitioner (if not represented by an attorney).
  • Required Fees – None

Time for Service:
Emergency Restraining Orders must be served five days prior to the hearing date. Temporary Restraining Orders are usually served 15 days prior to the court date or as specified by the court.

Method of Service:
Domestic Violence/TROs must be served personally on the defendant.

Proof of Service:

If the service was completed, the original Proof of Service will be mailed to the court of origin and to the requesting party. If the service was attempted but was unsuccessful, the original proof of service will be returned to the court of origin and a copy to the petitioner indicating the unsuccessful attempt and reasons thereof.


  Elder Abuse Restraining Orders

Requirements:

  • Order to Show Cause and Temporary Restraining Order -Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse (EA-120)
  • Petition for Protective Orders-Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse (EA-100)
  • Response to Petition for Protective Orders-Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse (EA-110)
  • Additional documents, if applicable
  • Letter of Instructions – (link to form)
    • Should specify the name (work and/or home) of the person to be served and any potential risks involved in serving the documents such as weapons, dogs, outstanding warrants, substance or alcohol abuse, etc.
    • Should provide a physical description of the person to be served as well as any identifying marks (scars, tattoos, etc.).
    • Includes a photograph of the person being served if available.
    • Must be signed and dated by the petitioner’s attorney or the petitioner (if not represented by an attorney).
  • Required Fees – None

Method of Payment:
Payment must be made by cash, cashier’s check, money order or personal/business check. Personal checks must contain the name, address and telephone number of the payer and it must be presented with an acceptable form of identification.

Time for Service:
Emergency Restraining Orders must be served five days prior to the hearing date. Temporary Restraining Orders are usually served 15 days prior to the court date or as specified by the court.

Method of Service:
Elder Abuse Restraining Orders must be served personally on the defendant.

Proof of Service:
If the service was completed, the original Proof of Service will be mailed to the court of origin and to the requesting party. If the service was attempted but was unsuccessful, the original proof of service will be returned to the court of origin and a copy to the petitioner indicating the unsuccessful attempt and reasons thereof.


  Harassment Restraining Orders

Requirements:

  • Petition for Injunction Prohibiting Harassment (CH-100)
  • Notice of Hearing and Temporary Restraining Order (CH-120)
  • Response to Petition for Injunction Prohibiting Harassment (CH-110)
  • Additional documents, if applicable
  • Letter of Instructions (link to form)
    • Should specify the name (work and/or home) of the person to be served and any potential risks involved in serving the documents such as weapons, dogs, outstanding warrants, substance or alcohol abuse, etc.
    • Should provide a physical description of the person to be served as well as any identifying marks (scars, tattoos, etc.).
    • Includes a photograph of the person being served if available.
    • Must be signed and date by the petitioner’s attorney or the petitioner (if not represented by an attorney).
  • Required Fees –None

Method of Payment:
Payment must be made by cash, cashier’s check, money order or personal/business check. Personal checks must contain the name, address and telephone number of the payer and it must be presented with an acceptable form of identification.

Time for Service:
Emergency Restraining Orders must be served five days prior to the hearing date. Temporary Restraining Orders are usually served 15 days prior to the court date or as specified by the court.

Method of Service:
Harassment Restraining Orders must be served personally on the defendant.

Proof of Service:

If the service was completed, the original Proof of Service will be mailed to the court of origin and to the requesting party. If the service was attempted but was unsuccessful, the original proof of service will be returned to the court of origin and a copy to the petitioner indicating the unsuccessful attempt and reasons thereof.


  Workplace Violence Restraining Orders

Requirements:

  • Order to Show Cause and Temporary Restraining Order-Workplace Violence (WV-120)
  • Petition of Employer for Injunction Prohibiting Violence or Threats of Violence Against Employee (WV-100)
  • Response to Petition of Employer for Injunction Prohibiting Violence or Threats of Violence Against Employee (WV-110)
  • Additional documents, if applicable
  • Letter of Instructions (link to form)
  • Should specify the name (work and/or home) of the person to be served and any potential risks involved in serving the documents such as weapons, dogs, outstanding warrants, substance or alcohol abuse, etc.
  • Should provide a physical description of the person to be served as well as any identifying marks (scars, tattoos, etc.).
  • May include a photograph of the person being served if available.
  • Must be signed and date by the petitioner’s attorney or the petitioner (if not represented by an attorney).
  • Required Fees – None

Method of Payment:
Payment must be made by cash, cashier’s check, money order or personal/business check. Personal checks must contain the name, address and telephone number of the payer and it must be presented with an acceptable form of identification.

Time for Service:
Emergency Restraining Orders must be served five days prior to the hearing date. Temporary Restraining Orders are usually served 15 days prior to the court date or as specified by the court.

Method of Service:
Workplace Violence Restraining Orders must be served personally on the defendant.

Proof of Service:
If the service was completed, the original Proof of Service will be mailed to the court of origin and to the requesting party. If the service was attempted but was unsuccessful, the original proof of service will be returned to the court of origin and a copy to the petitioner indicating the unsuccessful attempt and reasons thereof.


  Criminal Subpoenas

Requirements:

  • Original Subpoena or faxed copy, plus one copy for each person to be served. If it is to be served on a peace officer or minor 12 years or older, two copies for each witness are required.
  • Required Fees – None

Time for Service:
Service must be made within reasonable time prior to the hearing date (PC 1328).

Method of Service:
Criminal and Juvenile Subpoenas must be served personally.

Proof of Service:
If the service was completed, the original Proof of Service will be mailed to the court of origin and to the requesting party. If the service was attempted but was unsuccessful, the original proof of service will be returned to the court of origin and a copy to the petitioner indicating the unsuccessful attempt and reasons thereof.


  Civil Bench Warrants

Requirements:

  • Civil Bench Warrant/Civil Warrant
  • Letter of Instructions – (link to form)
  • Must specify the name and address of the defendant.
  • Must be signed and date by the plaintiff’s attorney or the plaintiff (if not represented by an attorney).

  • Required Fees – $50.00 for failure of judgment debtor to appear after an Order to Appear for Examination and $105.00 for civil bench warrant issued on witness who failed to appear pursuant to a subpoena or a court order (CCP 1933). No fees on any warrant issued pursuant to any action or proceeding brought for the establishment of a child support obligation or the enforcement of a child or spousal support obligation authorized by the District Attorney and Department of Child Support Services (Govt. Code Section 6103.9). Request for services to multiple addresses requires separate fees for each additional address

Time for Service:
There is no specific service life on a civil bench warrant.

Method of Service:
Civil Bench Warrants must be served personally.

Proof of Service:
If the service was completed, the original Proof of Service will be mailed to the court of origin with the original Civil Bench Warrant and citation to appear and a copy will be mailed to the plaintiff/attorney. If the service was attempted but was unsuccessful, the original proof of service will be returned to the court and a copy to the requesting party indicating the unsuccessful attempt and reasons thereof.