A judge is not likely to grant a restraining order based on one incident of harassment.
There must be a pattern of similar incidents for a judge to grant a restraining order (exceptions always exist – if the respondent’s conduct is so egregious but only occurred once, a judge can and sometimes will issue a restraining order; the seriousness of the conduct is a major factor).
For a restraining order to be granted, the dates, times, details, and locations of the conduct must all be provided.
Evidence, such as photographs or videos of the incident or injuries should be preserved whenever possible.
So all the old material will be left here for archival purposes, with comments turned off.We also provide information and explanations about “Harassment is unlawful violence, a credible threat of violence, or a knowing and willful course of conduct directed at a specific person that seriously alarms, annoys, or harasses the person, and that serves no legitimate purpose.The course of conduct must be such as would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, and must actually cause substantial emotional distress…” A “credible threat of violence” is a “knowing and willful statement or course of conduct that would place a reasonable person in fear for his or her safety or the safety of his or her immediate family, and that serves no legitimate purpose.”A “course of conduct” that seriously alarms, annoys, or harasses a person and serves no legitimate purpose is a “pattern of conduct composed of a series of acts over a period of time, however, short, evidencing a continuity of purpose, including following or stalking an individual, making harassing telephone calls to an individual, or sending harassing correspondence to an individual by any means, including, but not limited to, the use of public or private mails, interoffice mail, fax, or computer e-mail.A civil harassment restraining order is the most commonly filed restraining orders and is the type of restraining order that is filed when other types do not apply.This page discusses how to file a civil harassment restraining order only.Further, many people are under the misconception that if an employee seeks a restraining order against another employee, that a workplace violence restraining order should be requested.