1) Ex parte orders of protection -- Ex parte is Latin for “from one side.” If you are in immediate danger and have been abused or threatened with abuse, a judge may grant you an ex parte order. A judge may grant you the order based solely on your evidence and testimony, and without holding a hearing. Ex parte orders may be granted without the abuser’s knowledge or consent.
The purpose of an ex parte order is to offer you temporary and immediate protection until your court hearing for a full order of protection, which will take place within 15 days of filing your petition.
Ex parte orders are granted only if you can prove to the judge through your testimony or evidence that the order is necessary to prevent immediate harm to you or your family.
An ex parte order lasts until your court hearing for a full order of protection, which will take place within 15 days of filing your petition.
If you ask for an ex parte order but the judge doesn't give you one, you should get a "Notice of Hearing" instead. Although this is not an order protecting you, it does mean you have a date and time for a hearing, where the judge will decide whether or not to grant you a full order of protection. To get a full order of protection, you will need to go to court to present your evidence fully to the judge.