Formal Delivery of the Paperwork
1st - Terms
- Personal Service - Someone (not you) must formally give the starting paperwork to the Respondent.
- Respondent - The person you are asking the Court to restrain.
- Process Server - The person who delivers the paperwork.
- Affidavit - A type of document that has sworn facts.
2nd - Background Video
3rd - Why is This Needed?
- Becuase the protective order will not be active until this happens.
- It will also let the Respondent know that they must follow the Protective Order.
4th - Who Does This?
You cannot be the one to deliver the paperwork. Here are three choices:
The Sheriff's Department (Fee)
- The fee may be waived if you are a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
- Contact the local Sheriff's Department for more information.
- A Private Process Server (Fee)
- Someone over 18 years old who is not involved in the case and knows the rules of service.
5th - How is it Done?
- Items to give to the Process Server.
- A copy of the paperwork you filed.
- A copy of the Protective Order.
- The Affidavit of Service.
- The Process Server will complete the Affidavit. They should send that (or one similar) back to you.
- Give the completed Affidavit to the clerk's office.
- Bring a copy of the Affidavit to the Permanent Protection Order Hearing.