Legal Information: Minnesota

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
May 10, 2022

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 in Canada,1 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)

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