Civil Protection Orders
Police Departments in the State of Ohio do not have the authority to issue restraining orders, or protection orders.
Police will enforce orders issued by the court pursuant Ohio Revised Code Section 2919.27
(some orders are issued by courts that are not enforceable by police)
In cases of Domestic Violence, and for certain specified offenses, officers will prepare a motion for the court requesting the issuance of Criminal Temporary Protection orders and Criminal Anti-Stalking Protection Orders.
Private citizens may petition the court, on their own behalf, for issuance of Civil Protection Orders. An ex-parte hearing will be scheduled, generally the same day, or on the next court day, which you must attend.
A civil protection order, often referred to as a restraining order, may be issued by a civil court based upon a motion filed by you (the Petitioner) which alleges that another person (the Respondent) is abusing, harassing, or stalking you. If the order is granted, the court will order that person to cease the specified behavior, or be punished by the court. You can apply for a protection order at any time; even if criminal charges haven't been filed against the person harassing you, or you have already obtained a Temporary Protection Order as part of a criminal proceeding. You may represent yourself, or choose to have a private attorney to represent you. Protection Orders can last for any period of time, up to five years.
Domestic Violence Civil Protection Order
If you or a family member are being physically abused or threatened with harm by a family or household member (person living in your home, even if not related to you by marriage or blood) you can apply for a Domestic Violence Civil Protection Order. If you and your abuser have children together, a Domestic Violence Civil Protection Order can also decide issues regarding these children - including custody, visitation, and support.
Civil Stalking Protection Order
If you or a family member fear for your safety because you are being threatened with harm, followed, or harassed by a person (relative or stranger), you can apply for a Civil Stalking Protection Order.
Hearings are held Monday-Thursday at 8:00am, Fridays at 9:00am.
ALLOW AT LEAST 2 HOURS TO COMPLETE THE PROCESS.
PARKING AT METERS IS NOT RECOMMENDED
Petitions can be filed in Room 315
Hamilton County Courthouse
1000 Main Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Directions to the Courthouse
(513) 946-5635 - Issue Desk
Forms and further instructions are available online from the Clerk of Courts.