Step 1: Go to court and request the forms for a protective order.
You can file a petition for a protective order in either a municipal, justice, county or chancery court. However, a petition that includes a request for emergency relief (i.e., an immediate ex parte temporary order) pending a hearing shall not be initiated in the chancery court – go to one of the other three types of courts instead.1
You can find a court near you by going to our MS Courthouse Locations page. Find the civil court clerk and request a petition for a permanent protective order, and also tell the clerk if you want a temporary order for immediate protection. Usually you apply for these at the same time. You can find links to petitions online by going to our MS Download Court Forms page.
1 MS Code § 93-21-7(2)