When does a Protective Order take effect?

A law enforcement officer will serve the Protective Order to the person from whom you want protection. A Protective Order is not valid until that person gets a copy. This is called "personal service". At the full hearing, where both parties are present and go before the judge, the order will be given to both of you at the end of the hearing if the judge enters the order. Do not leave the courtroom without a copy of the order.

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1. What should I do if I am the person named as a “respondent” in a Preliminary Protective Order or Protective Order?
2. What should I do at the hearing as the respondent?
3. When does a Protective Order take effect?
4. How will I know when the Protective Order is served on the person from whom I want protection?
5. What should I do if the Protective Order is violated?