DVLC-Order of Protection PowerPoint

Obtaining an Order of
Danielle Parisi Ruffatto
Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
Danielle Parisi Ruffatto
Pro Bono Director
Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
555 W. Harrison, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60607
Volunteer Shift Overview
An outline of a volunteer shift is on
pages 4-5
 Intake Sheet is for your use
 Training manual contains other
information about the paperwork,
court representation, enforcement,
and related issues, such as child
support and visitation
Filing for an Order of
Petition for Order of Protection
 Affidavit
 Summons
 Sheriff’s Information Sheet
 Domestic Relations Cover Sheet
 Emergency Order of Protection (draft)
Attached to the Petition and explains
client’s relationship with Respondent,
incidents of abuse, need for OP, and
emergency nature of case
 IDVA requires Petition to be “verified
or accompanied by affidavit…”
First paragraph identifies nature of
relationship, whether parties have any
children in common, if they ever lived
together, and when they separated
Incidents of abuse
• List time, date, location, who was present
• Presented in reverse chronological order
(sets out emergency nature of case)
• Sample includes incidents of physical
abuse, telephone harassment, and
summary of abuse history
Paragraph 2
• IDVA allows court to prohibit specific acts
of abuse (Paragraph 1 of the OP), “if such
abuse, neglect, or stalking has occurred
or otherwise appears likely to occur if not
• In Smith v. Smith, all listed types of abuse
have actually occurred
• Can state, “I am fearful that based on this
behavior, he will stalk me.”
Paragraph 3
• IDVA states and Emergency Order of
Protection shall issue if Petitioner
establishes that the harm she seeks to
prevent would be likely to occur if
Respondent were given any/more notice
Necessary to establish need for
Emergency Order of Protection
Court form that alleges Petitioner’s need for an
Order of Protection (OP) and for the specific
remedies requested
Signed by BOTH the Petitioner and the attorney
Basic information about parties
• Establishes statutory relationship, venue, and jurisdiction
over parties and minor children
Allegations made as to specific remedies
Remedies requested
 Petitioner and Respondent’s names and addresses
 Confidential address
 OBO = On behalf of
 Select the appropriate relationship box(es)
 Check box on pending cases
 “minor children”
 Jurisdictional questions
 No “father and child relationship”
 Primary caretaker
 Check all appropriate venue boxes
 Protected persons
Allegations are contained in affidavit
Can include other household members
Usually put in between pages 2-3
Exclusive possession of a residence
“Stay away” provision
Prohibiting presence at other locations
Issues related to “minor children”
Personal property that Petitioner owns or
the parties own property jointly
Physical Care and Control
Temporary Legal Custody
Request exclusive possession if Respondent
has and Petitioner needs back
Request protection for property that
Petitioner has that may be damaged or
Child support
 See attached sheet on “Child Support”
Alcohol or drugs (ONLY)
 May involve additional considerations
School and other records
Other injunctive relief
 “stay away” means no contact by any means
 An alternative is “no unlawful contact”
Disclosure box if address is confidential
Additional allegations
Largely follows the allegations section,
 Access to the residence
Petitioner or Respondent
See attached Visitation Checklist and
Supervised Visitation handouts
Other paperwork required for
Domestic Relations Cover Sheet
• Remember to include DOB and fill out bottom
• Address where the Respondent can be served
(home, work)
Sheriff’s Information Sheet
• Information on the Respondent
• List your contact information
Emergency Order of Protection
• Structure of Order matches that of “Remedies”
portion of Petition
• “minor children” are not necessarily protected
Court Procedure
 Court reporter
Emergency Order of Protection
Introduce self and client
Ask introductory questions (or Judge may
Ask about incidents of abuse
Most judges will allow leading questions (ex
Generally, do not have to go through every
If incident relevant to specific remedy
requested (ie, visitation being “reserved”),
highlight the incident
Emergency Order of
Ask about fear of future abuse and
 Ask questions regarding remedies (ie,
balancing hardships)
Petition Only
At the end of the EOP hearing, the Judge may:
 Grant an EOP,
 Deny and EOP but continue the matter for hearing on
the POP, OR
 Deny the EOP and dismiss the case
If the Judge does not enter the EOP and continues the
case for hearing, would your client rather:
 Proceed with the case, OR
 Withdraw the Petition so that the Respondent does not
receive notice
Service of Process
The Respondent will be served by the
Automatic, unless outside of Cook
 Contact Sheriff to confirm service
 Proof of Service will be sent to the
Clerk’s Office for inclusion in the court
Return Court Dates
When you return to court, any of the following
may occur:
 Proceed to hearing on the Plenary Order of
 Proceed to default prove up and request
that a Plenary Order of Protection be
entered by default,
 Enter a Plenary Order of Protection by
agreement, OR
 Continue the case and extend the
Emergency Order of Protection
Although the case is set for hearing on the
next (return) court date, it may be continued
to allow for service, to set a hearing, or for
the Respondent to obtain counsel.
If the matter is continued, the Emergency
Order of Protection should be extended and
the case continued in a Disposition Order
Appear in court, identify self, and ask for an
No motion is required to request additional
attempts be made to serve the Respondent,
except for a special process server
A Motion to Appoint Special Process Server
can be presented on the day of court
Come downstairs after court to fill out an
alias summons at the Clerk’s Office
Disposition Orders
Temporarily extend Emergency
Orders and continue case
 Get a copy from the Clerk when you
arrive at court and fill it out
Put your contact information in the
bottom left-hand corner
 Remember to check boxes 1 AND 2
• 1 Extends EOP
• 2 Sets future court date
Agreed Plenary Order
If the Respondent does appear (with or
without counsel) and you can come
to an agreement.
 Draft Order and have both parties
review and sign.
 Step up and explain OP terms on the
Default Order of Protection
If the Respondent is not present and
has been served, you can ask that he
be held in default and a Plenary Order
be entered.
 Ask the Default Questions on page 48
Most judges will NOT require
testimony about the abuse
Plenary Order of Protection
Client Preparation
Be sure to have client review affidavit
Explain what will happen in court
• Prepare the client to pause if there is an objection, to
take their time, answer only the questions asked,
always be truthful
• Stress the importance of controlling emotions in Court
Ask client what she thinks the Respondent will say
Practice some direct exam questions – for you and
the client
Discuss any possible witnesses or evidence and
review the rules
Plenary Order of Protection
Speak with personally
• Make sure you know what they can and
will testify to
Make an oral motion to exclude prior
to start of hearing
Direct Exam
Non-leading questions
Important to go through all incidents of
Remember remedies (balancing tests)
Cross Exam
- Use this opportunity to point out
- Be aware of the incidents the Respondent
did not dispute
- Most judges at the DV courthouse will not
let a pro se Respondent directly question
the Petitioner. They will serve as an
Closing Argument
Opportunity to argue your clients need for
an OP, and for the specific remedies
Point our errors in the Respondent’s case
If admitted any abuse IDVA states OP shall
If did not talk about specific incidents of
alleged abuse at all–
Point out any VOOPS (or, if none, that OP is
Interim and Plenary Orders
of Protection
IOP and POP use the same form
IOP’s have a future status date
POP’s expire without a court date
IOP’s are rarely used
Set-up is similar to EOP, except that:
Plenary Orders must have expiration
information on first AND last pages
Additional relief can be granted in POP,
including visitation
Visitation Provisions
Safety considerations
 Make terms clear
 Allow some contact in emergencies
(only via email/text, through a third
 Do not contradict other provisions
Orientation Dates
August 23, 2011
9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
August 30, 2011
9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
August 31, 2011
9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
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