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Important note: Although courts may be closed or accepting limited cases due to COVID-19, there should still be a way to file for a protection order and other emergency relief. See our Frequently Asked Questions Involving Courts and COVID-19, or call your local courthouse for more details.

Legal Information: Arizona

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
January 10, 2020

Can I get my order of protection enforced in Arizona? What are the requirements?

Yes. Your order of protection can be enforced in Arizona as long as:

  • It was issued to prevent violent, or threatening acts, harassment, or sexual violence against another person, or it was issued to forbid contact or communication with another person or it was issued to order the abuser to stay away from another person.1
  • The court that issued the order had jurisdiction over the people and case - (in other words, the court had the authority or power to hear the case.)
  • The abuser received notice of the order and had an opportunity to present his/her side of the story in court.
    • In the case of ex parte and emergency orders, the abuser must receive notice and
      have an opportunity to go to court to present his/her side of the story at a hearing
      that is scheduled within a “reasonable time” after the order is issued.2 

Make sure that your copy is a certified copy.

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 18 USC § 2266(5)(A)
2 18 USC § 2265(a)&(b)