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Legal Statutes: Tennessee

UPDATED June 16, 2017

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Part 6. Domestic Abuse

back to top36-3-609. Protection orders; copies to be issued

(a) If the respondent has been served with a copy of the petition, notice of hearing, and any ex parte order issued pursuant to § 36-3-605(c), any subsequent order of protection shall be effective when the order is entered. For purposes of this section, an order shall be considered entered when such order is signed by:

(1) The judge and all parties or counsel;

(2) The judge and one party or counsel and contains a certificate of counsel that a copy of the proposed order has been served on all other parties or counsel; or

(3) The judge and contains a certificate of the clerk that a copy has been served on all other parties or counsel.

(b) As used in subsection (a), service upon a party or counsel shall be made by delivering to such party or counsel a copy of the order of protection, or by the clerk mailing it to the party's last known address. In the event the party's last known address is unknown and cannot be ascertained upon diligent inquiry, the certificate of service shall so state. Service by mail is complete upon mailing. In order to complete service of process in a timely manner on a party who lives outside the county where the order was issued, the clerk may transmit the order to the sheriff in the appropriate county by facsimile or other electronic transmission.

(c) Notwithstanding when an order is considered entered under subsection (a), if the court finds that the protection of the petitioner so requires, the court may order, in the manner provided by law or rule, that the order of protection take effect immediately.

(d) If the respondent has been served with a copy of the petition, notice of hearing, and any ex parte order issued pursuant to § 36-3-605(c), an order of protection issued pursuant to this part after a hearing shall be in full force and effect against the respondent from the time it is entered regardless of whether the respondent is present at the hearing.

(e) A copy of any order of protection and any subsequent modifications or dismissal shall be issued to the petitioner, the respondent, the local law enforcement agencies having jurisdiction in the area where the petitioner resides, and any court other than the issuing court in which the respondent and petitioner are parties to an action. The petitioner and respondent shall notify the judge of any such court. Upon receipt of the copy of the order of protection or dismissal from the issuing court or clerk's office, the local law enforcement agency shall take any necessary action to immediately transmit it to the national crime information center.

1979 Pub.Acts, c. 350, § 11; 1987 Pub.Acts, c. 270, § 8; 1993 Pub.Acts, c. 484, § 2, eff. July 1, 1993; 2000 Pub.Acts, c. 638, § 1, eff. April 10, 2000; 2000 Pub.Acts, c. 781, § 1, eff. May 22, 2000; 2004 Pub.Acts, c. 588, § 1; 2011 Pub.Acts, c. 39, § 1, eff. April 5, 2011; 2014 Pub.Acts, c. 993, § 1, eff. May 22, 2014; 2016 Pub.Acts, c. 720, § 2, eff. July 1, 2016.