If you are 65 years or older or a dependent adult between 18 and 64 years, you can ask for a restraining order to stop abuse. A “dependent adult” is someone who has physical or mental limitations that restrict his or her ability to carry out normal activities or to protect his or her rights. Abuse can be physical, emotional, financial, or neglect. When you ask for a restraining order, the court can order a person to stop the abuse, to stop contacting you, or to move out from your home.
If you were given a temporary restraining order, then you have the right to respond to the order and explain to the court why it should not issue the restraining order.
At the Clinic, supervised law students and volunteer attorneys will help you with your paperwork to request a restraining order or to respond to a restraining order. In providing legal information, this Clinic helps with the preparation of the pleading forms and declarations that are necessary for seeking or responding to a restraining order.
This Clinic is held every Tuesday and Friday from 9:00am to 1:00pm. It is located in the Probate Workshop Room (1st floor) at the Central Justice Center courthouse in Santa Ana. 700 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana, CA 92701. It is free and open to the public, and no appointment is necessary.
This Clinic is a collaboration between the Court and community stakeholders, including Legal Aid Society of Orange County, Chapman University School of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law, and O’Melveny & Myers LLP, to assist the public in obtaining and responding to a temporary restraining order, as well as understanding the legal process for elder or dependent adult abuse restraining orders.
To create your own Elder Abuse Petition online, click here.
To create your own Elder Abuse Response online, click here.