A restraining order is a civil order that provides protection from harm by a present or former family or household member, someone you are dating or have dated, or someone with whom you have a child in common or are pregnant by.
type_name=Courthouse Locations&state_code=NJ] page.) Remember to bring some form of identification (a driver's license or a picture I. It is also helpful if you can bring information about the abuser (such as addresses of residence and employment; phone numbers; a description and plate number of the abuser's car, any history of drugs or gun ownership). id=557&state_code=NJ#content-7843] for more information. At the courthouse, the clerk of court will be able to provide you with the forms that you need to file for a restraining order.
NOTE: If you need an order outside of regular courthouse hours, you can file at the municipal court (if it is open) or you can call the police who will contact an on call judge who can issue a TRO.** See What types of restraining orders are there? The clerk may assist you with filing the papers but will not be able to give you legal advice.*** The necessary forms are also available at municipal and state police stations, and you will find links to online versions at our NJ Download Court Forms [/court_forms_state.php? NOTE: If there are emergency circumstances that make it impossible for you to appear in court to file for a temporary order, a judge can still issue a temporary restraining order based upon your sworn complaint or based on the testimony of someone who represents you (if you are physically or mentally incapable of filing personally).**** * NJSA § 2C:25-28(a),(f) ** NJSA § 2C:25-28(f) *** NJSA § 2C:25-28(c),(d)
id=557&state_code=NJ&open_id=11187&lang=en#content-11188You will need to fill out the necessary forms including the complaint requesting the restraining order.
On the complaint, you will be the "plaintiff" and the abuser will be the "defendant." Read the forms carefully and ask questions to the courthouse staff if you don’t understand something. Explain when and where the abuse or threats occurred, if s/he used or threatened you with a weapon and any injuries you suffered.
Describe in detail how the abuser (defendant) injured or threatened you. When writing about the incidents of violence, use descriptive language (e.g., slapping, hitting, grabbing, choking, threatening, etc.) that fits your situation.
When writing about threats, include the words that s/he said to you, if possible.
Do not sign the form until you have shown it to a clerk of court.
You might need to sign the form in front of a notary or a judge at the courthouse.
You will need to fill out the necessary forms including the complaint requesting the restraining order.