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Protection Order Information

IF YOU NEED PROTECTION RIGHT NOW

You should

  • Call “911”, or
  • A local law enforcement agency, or
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233); TDD 1-800-787-3224

Computer Safety

Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. Websites you visit, including this one, may be viewed by someone else at a later time. If you are seeking information on obtaining a protection order and are afraid your internet and / or computer usage might be monitored, please consider using a public computer or friend’s computer.

Information in this section explains Protection Orders under the civil law.  Information regarding Protection Orders issued in a criminal case can be found in the Criminal Section of this site.

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PROTECTION ORDERS ARE

Domestic Protection Order  “Domestic abuse” means any act of violence and / or threatened act of violence that is committed by a person against another person who is currently, or was formerly related to, or is living or has lived in the same home, or is involved or has been involved in an intimate relationship.

Elder or At Risk-Adult Protection Order  “Abuse of the elderly or of an at-risk adult” means mistreatment of a person who is sixty years of age or older or who is an at-risk adult as defined in §18-6.5-102 C.R.S.

365 Protection Order  Protects individuals other than those listed in Domestic, or Elder or At Risk-Adult Protection Orders.

NOTE:  A protection order is not a guarantee of your safety. Ongoing safety planning is important after receiving the Order. Many individuals obey protection orders; unfortunately, some individuals do not, so it is important to build on the things you have already been doing to keep yourself safe. Advocates at local resource centers can assist you in designing a safety plan and provide other forms of support. Remember, if the abuser violates the Order in any way, you can report the violation to your local law enforcement, and he or she may be arrested.

IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU MAKE MULTIPLE COPIES OF YOUR PROTECTION ORDER AND KEEP A COPY AT ALL TIMES ON YOUR PERSON, IN YOUR VEHICLE, IN YOUR HOME, ETC.  YOU MAY ALSO FIND IT USEFUL TO PROVIDE ONE TO YOUR SCHOOL (OR CHILD’S SCHOOL), EMPLOYER, ETC. IF APPROPRIATE.

SELF HELP VIDEOS

You may view a series of videos explaining the Protection Order  process by clicking of the following link:  Civil Protection Order Self Help Videos

COURT LOCATION AND HOURS OF OPERATION

The Protection Order Court is located on the first floor of the City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St, Room 159, 720-865-7285. The office opens at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday (except legal holidays and court closures).

New filings are accepted between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. only. Please allow 3 hours to complete the paperwork and be seen by the Judge. Paperwork may be completed in advance.

If you receive a Temporary Protection Order, a hearing to make the Order permanent will be scheduled within two to three weeks.

Please be prompt for court. Temporary Protection Order Hearings are scheduled at 8:00 a.m. and Permanent Protections Order Hearings are scheduled at 10:30 a.m.

FEES

The Court may assess a filing fee to the person seeking a Protection Order. A filing fee is required EXCEPT when the person seeking a protection order is a victim of domestic abuse, stalking, sexual assault or unlawful sexual contact. Colorado Revised Statute §13-16-103 provides for an indigent person to proceed without payment of costs, at the discretion of the Judge.

If the person seeking a protection order is not required to pay the filing fee, the Court may assess the filing fee, service-of-process fess and attorney fees against the restrained person at the Permanent Protection Order Hearing.

WARM WELCOME CHILD CARE CENTER

Children may be brought to the Warm Welcome Child Care Center while their caregivers are conducting business with Denver County Court. This is a free service. For more information, see the Child Care Center section of this site.

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