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

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N. 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 from harassment order can last is one year. If the plaintiff believes that extension of the order will be necessary, the plaintiff must file with the court a request to extend the protection period. To avoid the risk of a gap in protection, the motion should be filed 30 days before the expiration date.

The plaintiff should go back to the same court that issued the order and ask for the form called Motion to Extend. The plaintiff should complete that form, give it to the clerk, and complete another Service Information Sheet. The clerk will set a hearing date and the plaintiff must be present at that hearing. The defendant must be notified of the hearing date, and the defendant has a right to be present at the hearing. Service on the defendant and procedure at the hearing is governed by the sections III(H) and III(J).

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