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June 16, 2021

What types of civil harassment orders are there? How long do they last?

You may receive a temporary order if you show reasonable proof of harassment and that you will suffer great or irreparable harm.1 A temporary order will last until you can have a full court hearing (usually within 21 - 25 days).2 An order after hearing will last up to five years and can be extended for up to an additional five years. If the order does not have an expiration date on it, this means that it will last for three years from the date it was issued.3

1 Ann.Cal.C.C.P. § 527.6(d)
2 Ann.Cal.C.C.P. § 527.6(f)
3 Ann.Cal.C.C.P. § 527.6(j)

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