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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of
November 27, 2023

What do I have to prove to get a final injunction? What protections will it include?

A hearing for the final injunction will usually take place within 10 to thirty days after the initial petition is filed. Before the hearing, the respondent has the option to file a response that explains, excuses, justifies, or denies the alleged unlawful violence or credible threat of violence. At the hearing, the judge will hear testimony and evidence from both parties. If the judge believes there is “clear and convincing evidence” that the respondent committed unlawful violence or made a credible threat of violence, the judge will grant the injunction.1

The final injunction will order the respondent not to commit further acts of unlawful violence or threats of violence in any of the following places:

  • at the workplace; and
  • at any location while the employee or employer is acting within the course and scope of employment.1

​1 TN ST § 20-14-105