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Legal Information: Virginia

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
December 4, 2020

Step 2: A judge will review your petition and may grant a preliminary order.

After you finish filling out your application, bring it back to the court clerk. The clerk will forward it to a judge. The judge may wish to ask you questions as he or she reviews your application. The judge will decide whether or not to issue the preliminary order, and will set a date for a hearing for the final protective order.