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Legal Information: District of Columbia

Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of April 5, 2024

Do I need to tell the court in Washington, D.C. if I move?

If you won’t be getting mail at your old address, you may want to give the court a new address where your mail can be sent. The court that gave you your protection order likely should have an up-to-date address for you at all times so that you can be notified in case the abuser asks the judge to dismiss the order or if your order is changed in any way.

If you provide your new address to the court staff, make sure they know that you want to keep it confidential. It should be kept in a confidential part of your file where the public will not have access to it. If you feel unsafe giving your new address, you may be able to use the address of a friend you trust or a P.O. box instead.