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I just got served with a Civil Protection Order in Washington,DC – Now What?


If you have been served with a Civil Protection Order in Washington, DC, there are several things you need to do, and there are several things you should absolutely not do.  The first thing is to find out if there is a Temporary Protection Order (TPO) in place. This should be evident from the paperwork with which you were served. 

If you were served with a TPO, that means the order is in effect currently, and you could be arrested and charged with violation of a civil protection order or criminal contempt of court (CCC) if you violate the terms of that temporary protection order.  The terms of the TPO are likely that you must stay away from the petitioner (person who got the TPO/CPO) and not contact that person.

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I Filed for a Civil Protection Order (CPO) in Washington– Now What?

If you are in an abusive relationship or have been in an abusive relationship in the past and are fearing for your safety, you may be considering going down to the Washington DC Superior Court and filing for a Civil Protection Order (CPO).  If you are reading this blog post, there is a decent chance that you have filed one and are wondering what to do before the hearing you now have scheduled in two weeks.

First, let’s briefly review the process up until this point.  When you go the DC Superior Court on 500 Indiana Avenue, you will be directed to the fourth floor, where you will be told to fill out a complaint.  You will be handed a form and given a clipboard.

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