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Orders of Protection

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Protection Orders

  • Are civil court orders prohibiting a specific person from coming near your home, work site, school, or other locations as listed on the order.
  • Are based on the relationship you have with the party you are seeking protection from.
  • Are issued by a judge and must be served by a police officer, deputy sheriff or process server.
  • Are effective for 12 months from service date.
  • Can provide you with legal recourse if the served person violates the order.
  • Cannot resolve landlord/tenant disputes.
  • Cannot change custody or visitation orders.
  • Cannot guarantee your safety.

There are two types of Protection Orders

The first type is an Order of Protection and is used when:

  • The parties are married, or were married in the past.
  • The parties live together, or lived together in the past.
  • The parties are the parents of a child in common.
  • One of the parties is pregnant by the other.
  • One of the parties is a parent, grandparent, in-law or sibling.

The second type is an Injunction Against Harassment and is used when:

  • The parties are dating, but have never lived together.
  • The parties have a relationship not previously listed.
  • The parties share a workplace.

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How to create a Petition using AZPoint: 

AZPOINT, the Arizona Protective Order Initiation and Notification Tool, has been designed to help you fill out a petition for an Order of Protection. Through an interview in AZPOINT, you can quickly and accurately fill out the forms that are needed to request an Order of Protection at an Arizona court. An Order of Protection is a court order that is issued to stop a person from committing domestic violence or from contacting other people protected by the order. The portal will also help you figure out whether you (the plaintiff) and the person from whom you are seeking protection (the defendant) have a qualifying relationship for an Order of Protection. Your information will be saved in AZPOINT for up to 90 days. At any time during this 90-day period, you may take the next step of filing your petition at an Arizona court. Until you file your petition at a court, you will be able to return to AZPOINT to update your information if necessary. You are encouraged to speak to a victim advocate before you file your petition. An advocate can help you make a safety plan and give you more information about how an Order of Protection works and how it will be served on the defendant. For more information, click https://azpoint.azcourts.gov/ to go to AZPOINT.

 

If you would like to file your completed AZPoint petition for an Order of Protection or an Injunction Against Harassment you must appear in any State of Arizona courthouse.

  You may contact the Court at 623-882-7200 to confirm a Judge availability prior to appearing.

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revised 12/26/2019

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