Filing a Restraining Order during the coronavirus can now be done remotely.  In the past, the Applicant was required to hand-deliver the Restraining Order to local Clerk’s Office. But no more.

The Judicial Branch is now implementing a procedure for the remote filing of temporary Restraining Orders. An Applicant using these new forms will be able to complete and file an application by fax or email, all without the need to have the Application notarized and without having to go to the court Clerk’s Office.

There are two objectives here:

1. To reduce the number of people coming into the courthouses;

2. To make it easier for victims of domestic violence to file a temporary Restraining Order.

Filing a Restraining Order during the coronavirus remotely will greatly benefit victims of domestic violence who may be unable to leave their home at this time.  However, if an Applicant prefers, the Restraining Order can still be filed at the Courthouse but remote filing is strongly encouraged.

The biggest change is that the remote filing of Restraining Order eliminates the requirement that Applicants must swear under oath that the statements are true.  Therefore, it is not necessary for a notary public, Clerk or Commissioner of the Superior Court to take the Applicant’s oath.

With this new procedure in effect, temporary Restraining Orders can be fax filed or emailed during normal courthouse hours.  Applicants who email an Application may sign it electronically by simply typing their name into the signature space.

Instructions will be posted on the State of Connecticut Superior Court website during the week of April 6, 2020.

This new process also applies to Applications for Civil Orders of Protection, which are similar to temporary Restraining Orders.  Civil Orders of Protection are available to persons who do not have any family, household, or dating relationship with the party from whom they seek protection.

Bridgeport Court Restraining Order Attorney

I represent clients in Probate Court matters through out Fairfield and New Haven County including those who reside in Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Trumbull, Stratford, Bridgeport, Westport, Weston, New Canaan, Wilton, Norwalk, Darien, Stamford, Greenwich, Shelton, Orange and Milford.

Please email me or call me in Stamford at (203) 356-1475 or in Fairfield at (203) 259-5251 to schedule a consultation about filing a Restraining Order during the coronavirus.

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