Harassment & Restraining Orders

Restraining Order pick-up for the Stockton Branch will remain at the first floor windows until further notice.

Please read the following information carefully. There are different types of restraining orders. More commonly there are Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse and Civil Harassment.

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

In order to obtain a Domestic Violence restraining order, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • You are now married or registered domestic partners.
  • You used to be married or registered domestic partners.
  • You are related by blood, marriage, or adoption.
  • You live together.
  • You used to live together.
  • You are dating or used to date, or you are or used to be engaged to be married.
  • You are parents together of a child or children under 18.

Fees and Forms:

Forms to File Domestic Violence Restraining Order

There is no fee to file a Domestic Violence Restraining Order.

If you submit your papers before 10:00AM, the restraining order will be ready the same day between 3:30PM and 4:00PM. If you submit your papers after 10:00AM, they will be ready the following business day between 3:30PM and 4:00PM. All forms must be neatly and legibly printed in blue or black ink or typed. Do not use lined or colored paper for any attachments you may want to make.

Civil Harassment Restraining Orders

Civil Harassment restraining orders can be used for all other situations and relationships. The California Judicial Council has developed a video called Resolving Your Civil Harassment Case that provides information about the options for resolving civil harassment disputes. Video available in Chinese, English, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese.

Fees and Forms:

General Instructions for Civil Harassment Restraining Orders

Forms to Renew Civil Harassment Restraining Orders

All forms must be neatly and legibly printed in blue or black ink or typed. Do not use lined or colored paper for any attachments you may want to make.

The Manteca Branch processes Civil Harassment cases for Manteca and Tracy.  There is a $5.00 fee for Civil Harassment Restraining Order forms.  You may also download forms from California Courts.

There may be a fee to file a Civil Harassment Restraining Order.  See the Request for Protective Orders section in the Court Fee Schedule.

Elder Abuse Restraining Orders

Elder Abuse restraining orders can be used in place of the Domestic Violence restraining order or the Civil Harassment restraining order if the party seeking protection is either age 65 or older and a resident of California or is a resident of California and an adult under age 65 who is unable to carry out normal activities or to protect his or her rights.

Fees and Forms:

Forms Needed to File an Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse Restraining Order

Forms Needed to Renew an Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse Restraining Order

There is no fee to file an Elder Abuse Restraining Order.

All forms must be neatly and legibly printed in blue or black ink or typed. Do not use lined or colored paper for any attachments you may want to make.

Need Help?

The employees of the Superior Court are prohibited by law from giving legal advice (CA Government Code Sections 24002 and 68082). If you did not understand the previous information or if you have further questions, you should consult an attorney. Legal assistance is available by contacting Lawyer Referral Services at (209) 948-4620.

Staff from the Pro Per Clinic will review your completed domestic violence restraining order forms, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00AM to 3:30PM, Wednesday from 8:00AM to 12:00PM on the first floor of the Stockon courthouse, located at 180 E Weber Ave, Suite 105 Stockton CA.

You may consult an attorney of your own choosing or proceed on your own to file for a restraining/protective order for Civil Harassment, Domestic Violence, Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse. For comprehensive information please visit California Courts.

Domestic Violence

Civil Harassment Restraining Orders

Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse Protective Orders

Workplace Violence Restraining Orders

Gun Violence Restraining Orders

Or, you can visit the California Courts to obtain additional self-help information.