What happens next?

After you have completed the 209A complaint or application forms, return them to the Clerk's Office and ask when the judge will hear the applications for protective orders. The Clerk's Office will tell you the time and courtroom location for your hearing.

At your hearing, the judge will ask why you need a protective order and will review your complaint or application forms and affidavit. The judge will be deciding whether it appears there is a substantial likelihood of immediate danger of abuse. He or she will probably ask you some clarifying questions. In some courts, a "209A Briefing Session " is held before the hearing and a Court Advocate or a District Attorney's Victim / Witness Advocate will explain the hearing process and be with you in the courtroom.

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1. What is the legal definition of "abuse"?
2. What is a 209A Order?
3. Where can I get a 209A Order?
4. How can I get an Order in District Court?
5. What questions are asked on this form?
6. What relief can I ask for on the application?
7. What about child custody and visitation?
8. What happens next?
9. What will the judge do before speaking with you?
10. What is a Ten Day Hearing?
11. What happens at the end of a year or end of the effective date?
12. What should you do if you want to change the terms of the Order?
13. Can a minor obtain a 209A Order?
14. What happens if the Order is violated?
15. What happens if an arrest is made?
16. What crimes can be charged?
17. What happens after an arrest?
18. What happens at the arraignment?
19. What happens after the arraignment?
20. What is a Certified Batterer's Intervention Program?
21. Will the interventions stop the abuse?