How to Obtain a Copy of a Restraining Order

Copies of restraining orders are issued by the court in which the injunction was filed. Only named parties, such as the person who filed the order or the subject of the injunction, can request and obtain copies.

In order to obtain a copy of a restraining order you filed, or one that was filed against you, contact the clerk of the court for the jurisdiction in which it was filed.

Provide the clerk with the case number, your full name, date of birth and the name of the other party listed on the restraining order. You may be asked to show photo ID to prove your identity.

If a copy of the restraining order is being reissued, a fee for photocopying costs to the clerk’s office may be collected – this is a nominal fee, usually under $1 per page. The clerk’s office usually provides the copy of the restraining order the same day it is requested. If a certified copy is necessary, request that the clerk of the court stamp and sign it.

An attorney can also provide a copy of the restraining order. The copy obtained from your lawyer is a duplicate from your file, and is not an official or court-certified document.

The legal representative of one of the named parties may request a restraining order in writing; documentation proving their authorization to view the injunction must be included. All others must obtain a court order before requesting a copy of another person's restraining order.


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Anna Green has been published in the "Journal of Counselor Education and Supervision" and has been featured regularly in "Counseling News and Notes," Keys Weekly newspapers, "Travel Host Magazine" and "Travel South." After earning degrees in political science and English, she attended law school, then earned her master's of science in mental health counseling. She is the founder of a nonprofit mental health group and personal coaching service.