A Temporary Restraining Order, commonly referred to as a TRO, is different than a regular restraining order because it lasts only for a temporary period (usually 20 days). The restraining order is temporary because it allows for immediate protection until a hearing date can be scheduled and heard.
To apply for a TRO, you must go to the appropriate court and fill out the necessary paperwork. Many courthouses have advocates who can assist you with the paperwork. In order to get the TRO, you will have to explain to the judge (usually via writing, but sometimes they will ask you questions) why you feel that your safety is at risk because of a certain person’s actions. If the judge agrees that your safety may be at risk, then they will issue the TRO.
If you want the TRO to last for more than the temporary period, you must go to the hearing. Usually the person you are seeking the TRO against has a chance to go to this hearing as well. If the judge agrees that the restraining order should be extended, they will extend it for a period of time.
If you have any questions about Temporary Restraining Orders, please contact a Rhode Island Family Law Attorney.