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Legal Statutes: Arizona

UPDATED September 15, 2017

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Chapter 36. Family Offenses

back to top§ 13-3624. Emergency orders of protection

A. In counties with a population of one hundred fifty thousand persons or more according to the most recent United States decennial census, the presiding judge of the superior court, during the hours that the courts are closed, shall make available on a rotating basis a judge, justice of the peace, magistrate or commissioner who shall issue emergency orders of protection by telephone.

B. In counties with a population of less than one hundred fifty thousand persons according to the most recent United States decennial census, a judge, justice of the peace, magistrate or commissioner may issue an emergency order by telephone. The court, within twenty-four hours after a defendant is arrested for an act of domestic violence, shall register a certified copy of the release order with the sheriff's office of the county in which the order was issued. The court shall notify the sheriff's office of material changes in the release order, if the conditions of the release order are no longer in effect and when the charges are resolved. The sheriff in each county shall maintain a central repository for release orders so that the existence and validity of the orders can be easily verified. The law enforcement agency shall advise domestic violence victims where the victim may verify the registration and conditions of a release order.

C. The judge, justice of the peace, magistrate or commissioner who is authorized to issue emergency orders of protection may issue a written or oral ex parte emergency order of protection if a peace officer states that the officer has reasonable grounds to believe that a person is in immediate and present danger of domestic violence based on an allegation of a recent incident of actual domestic violence.

D. An emergency order of protection may include any of the following:

1. The defendant may be enjoined from committing a violation of one or more of the offenses included in domestic violence.

2. One party may be granted the use and exclusive possession of the parties' residence on a showing that there is reasonable cause to believe that physical harm may otherwise result.

3. The defendant may be restrained from contacting the plaintiff, coming near the residence, place of employment or school of the plaintiff or other specifically designated locations or persons on a showing that there is reasonable cause to believe that physical harm may otherwise result.

4. If the court finds that the defendant may inflict bodily injury or death on the plaintiff, the defendant may be prohibited from possessing or purchasing a firearm for the duration of the order.

E. An emergency order of protection expires at the close of the next day of judicial business following the day of issue unless otherwise continued by the court.

F. A judge, justice of the peace, magistrate or commissioner may issue an oral emergency order of protection pursuant to subsection C of this section upon request of the alleged victim, if there is a finding that a person's life or health is in imminent danger. If a person is either temporarily or permanently unable to request an order, a third party may request an order of protection on behalf of the plaintiff. After the request, the judicial officer shall determine if the third party is an appropriate requesting party for the plaintiff. The officer who receives the verbal order shall write and sign the order. The emergency order shall be served on the respondent, and a copy shall be given to the protected party. The emergency order shall be filed as soon as practicable after its issuance. The officer shall file a certificate of service with the court and shall verbally notify the sheriff's office that the emergency order of protection has been issued. If a person who is named in the order and who has not received personal service of the order but has received actual notice of the existence and substance of the order commits an act that violates the order, the person is subject to any penalty for the violation.

G. The availability of an emergency order of protection is not affected by either party leaving the residence.

H. A law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction to enforce an emergency order of protection shall enforce the emergency order when it has reasonable cause to believe that the order has been violated.

I. Failure of a law enforcement agency to enforce an emergency order of protection pursuant to this section does not give rise to civil liability except pursuant to section 12-820.02.
History: Added by Laws 1991, Ch. 225, § 5. Amended by Laws 1992, Ch. 293, § 4; Laws 1994, Ch. 268, § 3; Laws 1997, Ch. 263, § 5.
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