Protective Orders are legal documents issued by a judge or a magistrate with the intent to protect the health and safety of someone who has been injured or threatened by another person. In Virginia, there are three kinds of protective orders that are intended to protect you and others:
- Emergency Protective Order - generally last only 72 hours and are usually issued by a magistrate but may be issued by a judge.
- Preliminary Protective Order - is temporary protection which lasts 15 days or until a full hearing and requires that you file a petition with the court. Preliminary Protective Orders may be extended up to 6 months.
- Permanent Protective Order - a full protective order can be issued for up to two years where both parties have notice and the opportunity to be heard.
If you are under 18 years of age, this filing information does not apply to you. Go to Virginia’s Judicial System website for assistance with Protective Orders. You can also call the Juvenile Domestic and Relations Court at 434-979-7165 with questions.
If you are in immediate danger, please call 911. If this is a non-emergency question please call the Police Department at 434-970-3280 or the Magistrate’s Office at 434-977-0220.