What happens at the hearing?
You must show up for the hearing! If you do not appear at the hearing, the case will be dismissed. If the respondent was served with the papers and does not show up for the court hearing, the judge will review your request and will usually grant the OFP. It is always advisable to be represented by a lawyer.

At the hearing you will tell the judge what happened. You are not required to present evidence other than your own testimony; however, it usually helps to bring police reports, medical records, or any photographs of injuries. You may also bring witnesses who saw the abuse, your injuries or heard you or your children being abused or threatened. (Note - It will be up to the judges discretion whether or not you are able to use written reports, affidavits, or statements from persons who are not present at the hearing as witnesses). The respondent will also have a chance to tell the judge his or her side of the story. The judge will usually make a decision right away about whether or not to issue an OFP.

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1. What is an order for protection?
2. Who can get an order for protection?
3. Do I need a court order to stop the abuse?
4. Where do I file for an OFP?
5. How do I get an OFP?
6. How does the respondent find out about this hearing and the order?
7. What happens at the hearing?
8. What happens after the hearing? How long am I protected?
9. What happens if the respondent violates the order?
10. How do I change, extend or dismiss an order for protection?