The procedures for individuals seeking protection from domestic violence have been amended with the Supreme Court’s July 24, 2020 Seventh Omnibus Order. Domestic violence temporary restraining order (TRO) applications will now be accepted in person with or without a prior appointment during Superior Court hours – 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Effective August 3, 2020, persons seeking a TRO may also contact the Family Division by telephone during Superior Court hours to apply for the entry of a TRO.
Persons who contact their local police department after Superior Court hours will continue to be assisted by law enforcement with the filing of their TRO application and be heard by a Municipal Court judge.
A person who wishes to apply for a TRO remotely, without going to a courthouse, can call the Family Division during Superior Court hours. The person may apply telephonically for a TRO in the county where they live, where the alleged abuser lives, where the incident took place, or where they are seeking shelter. The Family Division in each county will have a telephone number posted on their webpage for persons seeking TROs to contact the Court.
If you have a question regarding filing for a TRO, contact the attorneys at Donahue, Hagan, Klein & Weisberg for a consultation. Our experienced attorneys will help you in the TRO process from the filing of the initial TRO to obtaining a Final Restraining Order wherein issues such as parenting time, spousal support, child support, and the payment of attorney’s fees may be addressed.