After the Court Hearing - File the Forms
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In California, if all paperwork needed for the court hearing was correctly completed and the judge made a decision, he or she will have signed a court order stating what decision was made.
If the judge signed a DV Restraining Order to protect you, he or she would have signed the:
- Restraining Order After Hearing (CLETS) (Form DV-130)
This is what the police or sheriff need to see to help protect you. California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) is a statewide computer system that lets police know that the court has made an order.
- If you requested additional Orders, such as child custody and visitation, those forms will be attached to the Restraining Order.
IMPORTANT: The "Order"(s) must be filed to complete the court process and allow the Restraining Order to take effect.
To make this Restraining Order take effect:
- After the court hearing, make 5 photocopies of all of these papers and take them to the clerk's office so they can be stamped and filed. The court will keep the original, and return the copies to you.
- Next, a copy of each Order is to be "Served" on the Restrained Person. For information about how to do this, see Enforcing the Order.
- Finally, take a photocopy of this Restraining Order and give it to your local police or sheriff's office so that if you need help, they will know to enforce your Orders
It is very important that you understand exactly what the judge has ordered.
- If you get confused, you can ask a court clerk for a copy of the "minute order" for your case. This information could be helpful to you. Sometimes the "minute order" will be ready the same day, and sometimes it might take a few days. If you ask, the clerk will tell you when you can get it.
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