The court cannot make any orders unless the respondent has been personally served. Once he or she is personally served, it is his or her choice whether or not to attend the hearing. If the restrained party is present, you will be in the same courtroom together at the same time. Notify the courtroom deputy if the restrained person, or anyone on his or her behalf, tries to contact you or sit near you at anytime before, during, or after your case. The courtroom deputy is there for your safety. You can also request an escort to your car if you feel you need it.
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