Procedures Applicable to a Defendant in a Protection Case -If Plaintiff Wants the Protection Order Extended

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F. If Plaintiff Wants the Protection Order Extended: The protection order will include the expiration date. The maximum period of time that a protection from abuse order can last is two years, and the maximum period of time that a protection order from harassment can last is one year. The plaintiff must file with the court a Motion to Extend, at which time the clerk will set a hearing date. The defendant is entitled to notice of the hearing date and any copies of a Motion to Extend and related forms or documents. The defendant has a right to be present at the hearing and to present arguments against extension of the protection order, consistent with the procedures set forth above.

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