Protected Order Filing

New Protective Order legislation, effective July 1, 2011, renamed "protective orders for stalking" as "Protective Orders" and expanded the class of persons eligible to obtain a Protective Order to include any act involving violence, force or threat that results in bodily injury or places one in reasonable apprehension of death, sexual assault or bodily injury.

New Legislation

The new legislation also removed the requirement that an arrest warrant be issued as a prerequisite to the issuance of a Protective Order. Now, a Protective Order may be issued when a petitioner has been subjected to an act of violence, force or threat or an arrest warrant has been issued.