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You may apply for and receive an Order of Protection if you meet the following requirements:

The defendant is:
  • Your spouse or your former spouse.
  • Your roommate or your former roommate.
  • The father or mother of your child or your unborn child.
  • A person that you were previously or are currently involved with either romantically or sexually.
  • Your parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child, or grandchild.
  • Your spouse's parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild.
AND

The defendant committed, or is about to commit, any of the following:

Any dangerous crime against a child under 15 years of age (A.R.S. 13-604.01) which includes: second degree murder; aggravated assault resulting in serious physical injury or involving the discharge, use or threatening use of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument; sexual assault; molestation of a child; sexual conduct with a minor; commercial sexual exploitation of a minor; sexual exploitation of a minor; child abuse; kidnapping; sexual abuse or continuous sexual abuse of a child; taking a child for the purpose of prostitution; child prostitution; involving or using minors in drug offense.

AND/OR

Any of the following acts in which the defendant:
  • endangers;
  • threatens or intimidates;
  • assaults, including use of a dangerous weapon or causing serious bodily harm;
  • kidnaps or unlawfully imprisons;
  • interferes with the custody of a child unlawfully;
  • criminally trespasses or criminally damages; disorderly conduct or stalks;
  • abuses a child or vulnerable adult;
  • interferes with judicial proceedings;
  • uses a telephone to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy, or offend;
  • harasses
How to Obtain an Order of Protection:
  • Bring picture ID (if available).
  • Your address information (house, work, schools, & other locations you wish to have protected).
  • Defendant name, address, date of birth, social security number (if known), description & other useful information if known.
  • Dates the incidents occurred and case numbers if applicable.
  • If adding minor children, please provide their date of birth & social security numbers if known.
  • Expect to be at the Courthouse for at least 2 hours.
  • No children are allowed in the court room.
  • Special procedures apply when the Plaintiff and/or Defendant are minors.

You may start the process by visiting this link or go to one of the municipal courts or one of the justice courts. Regardless of where you reside in Arizona, generally, any court in Arizona may issue an Order of Protection. If you have a current Family matter pending at the Pinal County Superior Court, your Order of Protection will be transferred so that the same Judge can hear all related matters. 

Please start your petition by clicking on the below AZPOINT icon.

When you arrive at the Court or Clerk of Court’s Office, and were unable to start the petition utilizing the AZPOINT website, you will be directed to a computer terminal to start the process.   There is no fee to file a Petition for Order of Protection. Please allow at least two hours to complete the process and be prepared to describe all incidents between yourself and the person from whom you are seeking protection. If you are seeking protection from multiple persons, you will be required to complete a petition for each person.

After you complete the petition you will appear before a judge to give testimony regarding the incidents you have alleged in the petition. If the judge finds sufficient grounds, the judge will issue the Order of Protection and the Court will send the Petition and Order to Law Enforcement for service. Please be aware that not all requests are granted and some may require a court hearing with the person you are seeking protection from before issuance.

Until the Order is served, you should keep an additional copy of the Order of Protection in your possession in order for law enforcement to complete service on the defendant. If the defendant has not been served and comes near you, call 911; explain that you have an Order of Protection and the defendant is approaching you, and that you also need the paperwork served. Law Enforcement will access the Order of Protection and serve the defendant with a copy of the Order of Protection.

Effect and Validity of Order: Orders of Protection are not valid until served on the defendant. The Order of Protection must be served within one year of its issuance. Once served, an Order of Protection is valid for one year from the date the Order is served.

Plaintiff Contact: Even if you initiate contact, the Defendant could be arrested for violating this protective order. If the Defendant does not want you to contact him/her, the Defendant has the right to request a protective order against you.

Law Enforcement Standby: If you or the Defendant needs to get personal belongings from the other, you may request standby from the judge. Standby allows you or the Defendant to return once with a law enforcement officer to obtain necessary personal belongings from the residence. Neither law enforcement nor this protective order can resolve conflicts over property, title, furniture, finances, real estate, or other ownership issues.

Firearms: You may request that the judge order the Defendant not to possess, receive, or purchase firearms or ammunition. How to Request a Hearing on an Order of Protection: If the Defendant disagrees with the Order of Protection, he/she has the right to request a hearing which will be held within 5 to 10 business days after a written request has been filed in the court that issued the order.

To request a hearing on an Order of Protection, the Defendant must go to one of the offices of the Clerk of Superior Court, or the Court that issued the Order of Protection to complete a Request for Hearing form. A hearing date will be set and the plaintiff will be notified of the hearing.

How to Dismiss or Quash an Order of Protection: A plaintiff may request that an Order of Protection be dismissed or quashed at any time during the term of the order. Only a judge can dismiss or quash an Order of Protection. To file a motion to dismiss or quash an Order of Protection, you must complete a motion. You will be required to provide identification to court personnel at the time you complete the Motion to Dismiss or Quash. You will be required to appear before a judge and explain why you want to dismiss the order. Please allow at least two hours for the entire process. How to Modify an Order of Protection: A plaintiff may request that an Order of Protection be modified at any time during the term of the Order. Only a judge can modify an Order of Protection. To modify an Order of Protection, you must complete the appropriate paperwork. You will be required to provide identification to court personnel at the time you complete the paperwork. If the defendant has been served with the original Order of Protection but has not requested a hearing, you will be required to appear before a judge and explain why you want to modify the order. If a modification is requested after a hearing has been held on the original Order of Protection, a hearing will be set and notice of the hearing must be given to the defendant.

Please allow at least two hours for the entire process.

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