Your Civil Harassment Restraining Order After Hearing (CLETS-CHO) (Form CH-130) most likely has an expiration (end) date on the first page in item 4. That means that on that date, your order will end and you will no longer be protected by it.
If you are still concerned for your safety or want your restraining order to stay in place, you have to “renew” it, which makes it last longer and gives it a new end date. A renewal can make the restraining order last another 5 years.
You must ask the court to renew your restraining order BEFORE your current one ends.
Before your current Civil Harassment Restraining Order After Hearing (Form CH-130) ends, you can ask the court to renew your order. The new order can last up to 3 more years.
To ask for a renewal of your order:
1. Fill out your court forms
2. Fill out your court’s local forms (if any)
Ask your local court clerk if there are local forms you have to fill out. Some courts also have forms on their website. Find your local court’s website.
3. Have your forms reviewed.
If your court’s family law facilitator or self-help center helps people with restraining orders, ask them to review your paperwork. They can make sure you filled it out properly before you move ahead with your case.
4. Make at least 2 copies of all your forms.
One copy will be for you, another copy will be for restrained person. The original is for the court.
5. Take your forms to the court clerk.
The clerk will give your forms to the judge for his or her signature. Ask the clerk when to return to pick up your paperwork. The clerk will file your papers.
6. The clerk or judge will set a hearing date.
You must go to the hearing. Form CH-710 will tell you when and where it will be. Your restraining order will be extended until this court date.
7. Figure out WHEN you have to serve your papers by
You will have to serve the papers on the restrained person by the deadline the judge writes on your papers. This is so that the restrained person has a few days to respond to your request and prepare for court.
To find your deadline for service:
8. Serve the restrained person
Personally serve the restrained person with a copy of:
Remember, someone over 18 — NOT you or anyone protected by the restraining order — can serve the order. For more help with service, read What Is "Proof of Personal Service"? (Form CH-200-INFO). And read the section on service of process.
9. File your proof of service
Have your server fill out a Proof of Personal Service (Form CH-200) and give it to you so you can file it with the court. This form tells the judge and police that the restrained person got a copy of the Request to Renew and the Notice of Hearing. It is very important your server fills out the Proof of Service correctly. If possible, have your court’s family law facilitator or self-help center review it to make sure it was filled out properly.
10. Go to your court hearing
At the hearing, the judge will decide whether or not to renew the restraining order.
If you are still afraid of the restrained person, let the judge know. If the restrained person has abused you, annoyed you, or harassed you since the last order, or disobeyed any parts of the order you are trying to renew, make sure you tell the judge and provide any proof or details about the violations.
You do not need to show that the restrained person has abused you since the last order. It will be up to the judge to decide whether to renew your restraining order or not. And the judge will decide whether to give you a new order for up to 5 more years.
If the judge renews the restraining order at the hearing:
1. Fill out an Order Renewing Civil Harassment Restraining Order (CLETS) (Form CH-730), attach the restraining order (Form CH-130) that the judge renewed, and give it to the clerk. The judge will sign Form CH-730 renewing your restraining order.
2. Serve the restrained person.
3. File your proof of service.
4. Keep 1 copy of the Order Renewing Civil Harassment Restraining Order (CLETS) (Form CH-730), with your Civil Harassment Restraining Order After Hearing (CLETS-CHO) (Form CH-130) and the filed Proof of Service with you AT ALL times.