Procedures Applicable to a Plaintiff in a Protection Case - If Plaintiff Wants the Protection Order Extended

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N. If Plaintiff Wants the Protection Order Extended.

The protection order will have an expiration date. The maximum period of time that a protection from abuse order can last is two years, and the maximum period of time that a protection from harassment order can last is one year. If you think it is necessary to extend the order for a longer time, you must file with the court a request to extend the period. You should file the request (called a motion) 30 days before the expiration date to prevent a gap in protection.

You should go back to the same court that issued the order and ask for the form called Motion to Extend. You should complete that form, give it to the clerk, and complete another Protection Order Service Information (form PA-005). The clerk will set a hearing date and you must be present at that hearing. The defendant must be notified of the hearing date, and the defendant has a right to be present at the hearing. Service on the defendant and procedure at the hearing is governed by the rules in Section H (Service) and J (Hearings).

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