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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of May 2, 2024

What types of sexual assault protection orders are there? How long do they last?

When you apply for an order, the judge can issue an ex parte temporary order without prior notice to the abuser. The judge must believe that irreversible (irreparable) harm, loss, or damage will happen if you had to first serve the abuser and wait for a hearing.1 Then, the abuser will be served with the order and s/he will have ten days to request a show cause hearing if s/he wants to object to the order.2 If the abuser requests the hearing, it will be scheduled within 30 days. Therefore, the ex parte order could last for up to 40 days.

However, if the abuser does not request a hearing, then the sexual assault protection order that the judge issued ex parte will last for one year.1

It may be possible to renew the order every year.3 See Can I renew my protection order? for more information.

1 NE R.S. § 28-311.11(7)
2 NE R.S. § 28-311.11(9)(c)(i)
3 NE R.S. § 28-311.11(12)