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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of December 22, 2023

What is a civil no-contact order?

A civil no-contact order, also known as a 50C order, is a court order that aims to protect you from unwanted sexual conduct or stalking by someone you do not have an intimate or familial relationship with,1 such as an acquaintance, co-worker, neighbor, or stranger.  If you have one of the intimate or familial relationships with the offender that is described in Who can get a domestic violence protection order (DVPO)?, then you would need to file for a domestic violence protective order (DVPO), not a civil no-contact order.

In a civil no-contact order, a judge can order the abuser or stalker to stop all nonconsensual sexual conduct, stop stalking you, and stay away from you.2  You may receive a temporary order, which will last until you can have a full court hearing, usually within ten days3 and a permanent order, which will last up to one year.4

1 NCGS § 50C-1(8)
2 NCGS § 50C-5(b)
3 NCGS § 50C-6(b)(4)
4 NCGS § 50C-8(b)