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Restraining Orders

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December 13, 2019

Step 4: Service of process

The abuser must be served with a notice of hearing and with any temporary relief from abuse order that a judge has granted you. Your relief from abuse order will not be valid until the abuser is served. If your order is issued during normal business hours, the court clerk should forward your paperwork to law enforcement to serve the abuser.1

Do not try and serve the abuser in person with the papers yourself.

1VT ST T. 15 § 1105(a)

You can find more information about service of process in our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section, in the question called What is service of process and how do I accomplish it?