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St Paul MN 55102
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Requesting an
Order

How do I get a restraining order?
Is there a fee to file?
Do I need an attorney to file?
Will court staff help me if I don't have an attorney?

Orders for Protection
(OFP)

What qualifies as domestic abuse?
What is an Order for Protection?
What will an OFP do?

How is the other person notified that an OFP has been granted?
How long does an OFP remain in effect?
How do I ask that the OFP be extended?
How do I modify or dismiss an OFP that I've requested?

Harassment
Restraining Orders
(HRO)
What is harassment?
What is a Harassment Restraining Order?
What will an HRO do?
What are the requirements for an HRO?

How is the other person notified that an HRO has been granted?
How long does an HRO remain in effect?
How do I modify an HRO that I've requested?
How do I dismiss an HRO?
Order for Protection (OFP)
Harassment Restraining
Order (HRO)
 Hearings 
If I've been served with an OFP or HRO, can I request a hearing?
Is a hearing required for an OFP or HRO?
If an HRO or OFP case goes to a court hearing, what happens?
How do I request that a hearing date be changed?
 Other Questions
I'm the attorney for the Petitioner or Respondent.  Do I need to eFile?
I have a No Contact Order in a criminal case.  How can I get it changed or dismissed?
I've moved.  Do I need to notify the court?
What should I do if the OFP or HRO is violated?
How do I... 
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Requesting an Order

How do I get a restraining order?
Is there a fee to file?
Do I need an attorney to file?
Will court staff help me if I don't have an attorney?

It's best to follow a specific intake path to answer these questions. To begin, visit the Court Filing Process page of this site.

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Orders for Protection (OFP)

What qualifies as domestic abuse?
What is an Order for Protection?
What will an OFP do?

These terms are defined by Minnesota Statute and MN Court policy.  For complete and current information, visit the Domestic Abuse page of the State Self-Help Center.

How is the other person notified that an OFP has been granted?

The Court will arrange for personal service if an address is provided. If personal service is not successful, you must file a request that the court order service by publication in a legal newspaper or the OFP or HRO will expire.

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How long does an OFP remain in effect?

Terms of the order are up to the Referee or Judge. The typical length is two years, but the order may be extended.

How do I ask that the OFP be extended?

File an Application for Extension before your order expires in the county where the original OFP was filed. For Ramsey County, file at the address above.

How do I modify or dismiss an OFP that I've requested?

File a motion with the Court at the address above. A hearing will be scheduled. If you are not represented, court staff can assist in the filing and service of that request.

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Harassment Restraining Orders (HRO)

What is harassment?
What is a Harassment Restraining Order?
What will an HRO do?
What are the requirements for an HRO?

These terms are defined by Minnesota Statute and Court policy. For complete information, visit the Harassment page of the State Self-Help Center.

How is the other person notified that an HRO has been granted?

The Court will arrange for personal service if an address is provided.  If personal service is not successful, you may file a request that the court order service by publication in a legal newspaper.

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How long does an HRO remain in effect?

Terms of the order are up to the Referee or Judge. The typical length is two years.

How do I modify an HRO that I've requested?

File a motion with the court at the address above. A hearing will be scheduled. If you are not represented, court staff can assist in the filing and service of that request. Motion Fees apply.

How do I dismiss an HRO?

If you requested the HRO, file a Request and Order for Dismissal  with the court. Motion Fees apply.

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Order for Protection (OFP)/Harassment Restraining Order (HRO) Hearings

If I've been served with an OFP or HRO, can I request a hearing?

Yes. File a OFP Request for Hearing or HRO Request for Hearing within the specified time frames. Filing Fees may apply.

Is a hearing required for an HRO or OFP?

It depends. Either party may request a hearing, the judge or referee may require a court hearing, or certain types of requests require a hearing.

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If an HRO or OFP case goes to a court hearing, what happens?

The Petitioner may be asked if he or she still wants the Order.  The Respondent may be asked if he or she wants to admit to the allegations, is willing to agree to the order, or request a trial (evidentiary hearing).  If the Respondent requests a trial,  and there is not sufficient time to conduct one, or if the Respondent was not served with enough notice, the matter may be continued to another date. If there is a trial, the Referee or Judge will hear the case and either issue an order or dismiss it. If the order is issued, all or some of the requested relief may be granted.  Mediators may be available for Harassment cases.

All parties should bring copies of the order and any witness or evidence to the hearing.  You may choose to retain an attorney to represent you or you may represent yourself (pro se), however attorneys (i.e. public defenders) are not appointed to represent you in Domestic Abuse/Harassment cases.

How do I request that a hearing date be changed?

Submit a request in writing (in person, by mail or fax) as soon as possible. The request will be forwarded to the Referee or Judge and the response, if any, will be provided to you.  Submitting the request does not excuse you from appearing.

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Other Questions

I'm the attorney for the Petitioner or Respondent. Do I need to eFile?

Yes.  For more information, refer to the eFile page on this site.

I have a No Contact Order in a criminal case. How can I get it changed or dismissed?

Contact the Criminal Court office at 651-266-8180.

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I've moved.  Do I need to notify the court?

Yes.  Submit a Notice of Change of Address form to the Court at the address above.  By request, the petitioner's address may remain confidential.

What should I do if the Order for Protection (OFP) or Harassment Restraining Order (HRO) is violated?

Report the violation to the police.  If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

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