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Updated: 
December 13, 2019

What are the steps to get an order of protection for the elderly?

The steps to get an order of protection for the elderly are similar to the steps to get for an order of protection for victims of domestic violence. The procedure to get an order of protection can begin in one of the following ways:

  • By filing a verbal or written petition;
  • Within any pending case between the parties; or
  • By an application by the District Attorney in a criminal proceeding, or as a condition for probation or conditional release.

The documents are available in the court clerk’s office and the clerk can provide the necessary support and guidance to complete and submit the forms.1

1 8 L.P.R.A. § 1521