Lassen Superior Court accepts eDelivery (electronic delivery) of Domestic Violence & Gun Violence Restraining Order documents. See the Domestic Violence Restraining Order and Gun Violence Restraining Order pages for additional information.
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There are different types of restraining orders. You have to make sure you ask for the right one. Use the table below to find out which one best fits your situation and select the type of restraining order to find out more about what protection it offers and whether it's best for your situation.
|Situation||Types of restraining orders|
|You need protection from someone you had a relationship with (more than friends), like your spouse, an ex, or you child's other parent. Or you need protection from a close family member like your child, parent, grandparent, or sibling (not an aunt or uncle or cousin).||Domestic Violence|
|You need protection from someone you never had a relationship with (never more than friends) and are not closely related to. For example, you need protection from a neighbor, aunt or uncle, or coworker.||Civil Harassment|
|Someone who is either 65 or older or a dependent adult needs protection from someone else (like a caretaker or adult child) who is abusing or neglecting them.||Elder/Dependent Abuse|
|Typically, a police officer or sheriff who thinks someone might hurt themselves or someone else with a gun. This can stop that person from buying or owning a gun. It can't order them to stay away from someone.||Gun Violence|
|An employer who needs to protect one of their employees.||Workplace Violence|
What is the next step?
- Filing a Restraining Order (Domestic Violence, Gun Violence, Elder Abuse or Civil Harassment):
Follow the step by step guides on the California Courts' Self-Help website on asking for the restraining order, serving the other party, going to court, and finishing the case.
- Responding to a Restraining Order (Domestic Violence, Gun Violence, Elder Abuse or Civil Harassment):
Read the papers served on you very carefully. The Notice of Court Hearing tells you when to appear in court. There may also be a Temporary Restraining Order forbidding you from doing certain things. You must obey the order until the hearing, even if you disagree with the orders the person is asking for. You can read about responding to each type of restraining order on the California Courts' Self-Help website:
- If a Restraining Order has been made against you, then effective right away you cannot own or possess firearms or ammunition. If you have firearms or ammunition, you must turn them in to law enforcement or a licensed gun dealer within 24 hours of being served with the order. You cannot give them to a friend or family member. You will also need to fill out and file form DV-800 with the court to show that you complied with this order. You can read more about this on the California Courts' Self-Help page How to obey orders prohibiting firearms and ammunition.
- Filing and Responding to Other Types or Restraining Orders
See the California Courts' Self-Help page Types of restraining orders and follow the links to the various pages for additional information on other types of restraining orders.