By: Akanksha A. Panicker
As mentioned in the earlier article, an Order of Protection is merely a document issued by the court to limit the harmful or threatening behavior of a person to another. It is used to address safety issues, including domestic violence.
Orders of Protection may be full or limited. This means that an individual can get a temporary Order of Protection, which will be issued on the day of filing for the order by the complainant and lasts till the next court date [although it may be subject to extension] or may get a final Order of Protection. A final Order of Protection is issued upon the conviction of the individual by plea or after a trial and required that the judge find the offense committed
It must be kept in mind that the degrees of protection afforded to an individual will vary across cases. One might be awarded a full Order of Protection, wherein the perpetrator is forced to stay completely away from the individual and their home, or a limited Order of Protection may be given where the subject is allowed to maintain highly restricted contact with the victim. One can get an Order of Protection from a Family Court, a court that hears criminal cases, and a Supreme Court.