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Restraining Orders

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January 8, 2024

Step 3: A judge will review your complaint and may grant you a temporary restraining order (TRO).

Your petition for the restraining order will be given to the judge. If the judge believes that you’re in immediate danger, s/he can give you a temporary restraining order (TRO). This order will stay in effect until the full hearing is heard (usually within ten days) at which time you can be granted a final restraining order.1

If the judge grants you a TRO, the police will serve the abuser with the TRO and the complaint, which will notify the abuser of the date for the full hearing for the final restraining order.2

Remember to keep a copy of the temporary order with you at all times.

1 N.J. Stat. § 2C:25-29(a)
2 N.J. Stat. § 2C:25-28(l)