Bring documents that support your case (police or medical reports, rental agreements or receipts, photos,
bills, etc.). Bring 2 copies of all documents and filed forms, including the Proof of Service.
You can bring a witness to help support your case. Witnesses may or may not be permitted to testify.
But you can bring a written statement of what the witness saw or heard. You must file and serve witness
statements at the same time that you file Forms DV-100 and DV-110.
Most courtrooms do not allow children. Ask if there is a children’s waiting room in the courthouse.
Don't miss your hearing!
If you miss it, the restraining orders will end and you will have to start from the beginning.
Get there 30 minutes early.
Find the courtroom.
When the courtroom opens, go in and tell the clerk or officer that you are present.
Watch the other cases so you will know what to do.
When your name is called, go to the front of the courtroom.
What if you don't speak English?
When you file your papers, tell the clerk you will need an interpreter. If a court interpreter is not available, bring
someone to interpret for you. Do not ask a child, a protected person, or a witness to interpret for you.
What if you are deaf or hard of hearing?
Practice what you want to say.
Make a list of the orders you want and practice saying them. Do not take more than 3 minutes to say what you
If you get nervous at the hearing, just read from your list. Use that list to see if the judge has made every
order you asked for.
The judge may ask questions.
Tell the truth. Speak slowly. You can read from your list.
The restrained person or his or her lawyer may also ask you questions.
Give complete answers.
If you don't understand, say “I don’t understand the question.”
Speak only to the judge unless it is your turn to ask questions.
When people are talking to the judge, wait for them to finish. Then you can ask them questions about what
You can bring a friend or relative (a “support” person), but that person