Legal Information: Michigan

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
January 4, 2017

Step 5: The hearing

Unlike many other states, a hearing for a final order isn't automatically scheduled by the judge after you get your ex parte PPO.  The abuser has the right to file a motion to modify (change) or rescind (cancel) the personal protection order and request a hearing within 14 days of being served with the ex parte order (unless s/he has a good reason to extend the time to file the motion).1  If the abuser does request a court hearing, a hearing will normally be set for some time during the following 14 days unless s/he uses a gun for his/her job - in that case, it would take place within 5 days.2 

You must go to the hearing, if the abuser requests one.  If you do not go to the hearing, a judge might take away your ex parte PPO. See the Preparing your Case section for ways you can show the judge that you were abused.  If the abuser requested a hearing, but does not show up, the judge may continue with the hearing without the abuser or s/he may order a new hearing date.

You have the right to bring a lawyer to represent you at the hearing. If you need more time to find a lawyer (especially if you show up to court and the abuser has a lawyer and you do not), you may ask the judge for a "continuance" to set a later court date so you can have time to find a lawyer for yourself.  Go to our MI Finding a Lawyer page for legal referrals.

1 MCLA 600.2950(11)(g),(13)
2 MCLA 600.2950(14)