Circuit Clerk's Office
Orders of Protection
Frequently Asked Questions
Orders of Protection are filed in the General Division of the Circuit Clerk's office. If you are in need of protection from an abusive spouse, life partner or intimate acquaintance then you need to come to the third floor of the Courthouse to file for an Order of Protection. The clerk's office has the forms available for you to use.
- Where do I get an Order of Protection?
- A Victim/Petitioner applies for an Order of Protection at the appropriate County Courthouse. There are three ways to obtain an Order of Protection:
- Criminal Court
- Civil Court in an action by itself
- Civil Court in connection with a divorce, child support, parentage or other civil case
If a Victim/Petitioner is seeking an order of protection on their own (option #3) she/he may be eligible for support and assistance from the following agencies at no charge (You may also contact one of the resources below to help you with the forms and process:
Mercer County Family Crisis Center
|ROCK ISLAND COUNTY
Family Resources, Inc.
Domestic Violence Advocacy Program
322 16th Street, Suite 101
Rock Island IL
Crisis Hotline: 309/797-1777
Courthouse Advocate: 309/558-3298
YWCA of the Sauk Valley
- In which County should I file for an Order of Protection?
- If you are filing for an OP in Civil Court, you should file a Petition for and Order of Protection in one of the following:
- The county where you live, or
- The county where the abuser lives, or
- The county where the abuse happened, or
- The county you had to flee to seek shelter.
- What will happen in the Order of Protection process?
- An Order of Protection can be filled out by yourself, with your attorney or if applicable, with a domestic violence advocate. You will be asked to list the most recent Obtain a Petition for an Order of Protection from the Clerk’s Office at the County Courthouse. The forms act of abusive or threatening behavior and any history of such behavior. You should describe in detail any injuries you received, any weapons used and if anyone else was present, including children. You will be asked to provide information about the Abuser/Respondent, including an address and birth date.
Go through all the remedies listed on the Petition and choose the ones that will address safety for you and your children. A judge will read your petition, ask you some questions and grant or deny the Order of Protection. If the judge grants the Emergency Order of Protection (EOP), the EOP is not in effect until the Abuser/Respondent is served with the Order.
A hearing will be held approximately 2-3 weeks after the EOP was granted at which time the court will decide whether to grant or deny a Plenary Order of Protection. The court will also determine how long the order will be in effect; a Plenary Order of Protection can be valid for up to two years. The Plenary Order may be modified or terminated during the time period it is in place. The Order can be extended by the judge after it expires if the abuse continued during the two year period.
- Are there any filing or service charges to get an Order of Protection?
- Illinois law states there is no filing fee with the Court or fee to serve the Abuser/Respondent the Order of Protection by the Sheriff. There also should be no charge for certifying the Order.
- What happens when the Order of Protection is violated?
- A violation occurs when the abuser/respondent commits further abuse or trespasses on any property where forbidden to by the OP. The abuser can be arrested and may be subject to jail and/or a fine. Even if an arrest is not made, the Victim/Petitioner can contact the State’s Attorneys Office regarding the violation. Violations of an order may be considered contempt of court and may result in fine or imprisonment.
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