Can I get my protection order enforced in Minnesota? What are the requirements?
Your protection order that was issued in another U.S. state or territory or a Canadian protection1 order can be enforced in Minnesota as long as:
- It was issued to prevent violent or threatening acts, harassing behavior, sexual violence, or it was issued to prevent another person from coming near you or contacting you;2
- The court that issued the order had jurisdiction over the people and case. (In other words, the court had the authority to hear the case); and
- The abuser received notice of the order and had an opportunity to go to court to tell his/her side of the story.
- In the case of ex parte temporary and emergency orders, the abuser must receive notice and have an opportunity to go to court to tell his/her side of the story at a hearing that is scheduled before the temporary order expires.3
Note: For information on enforcing a military protective order (MPO) off the military installation, or enforcing a civil protection order (CPO) on a military installation, please see our Military Protective Orders page.
1 Minn. Stat. § 518B.01(19a)
2 18 U.S.C. § 2266(5)
3 18 U.S.C. § 2265(a) & (b)