Friday, April 20, 2018

What is an Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse Restraining Order?

An elder or dependent adult abuse restraining order applies to a person seeking a protective order who falls within the definition of an elder or dependent adult:

  • and a victim of:
    • physical or financial abuse,
    • neglect, abandonment, or isolation, or
    • treatment that has been physically or mentally harmful to the elder or dependent adult.

Assistance Completing Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse Restraining Order Forms

The court offers a free workshop on form preparation, Tuesdays, excluding court holidays, at 8:45 a.m. (no late admittance). A Spanish Interpreter is available at the class. This class is for both men and women and is held in the Self-Help Computer Room, Room 113A, on the first floor of the William R. Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse, 3341 Power Inn Road. No appointment is necessary. Admittance into the workshop is on a first come, first served basis.

Please be prepared to spend the entire day to complete the restraining order process.

Where do I file my forms?

Present the completed petition for protective orders forms to the Family Law Filing Department of the William R. Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse.

What if I need an interpreter?

If you need an interpreter at your restraining order hearing, tell the clerk when you file your restraining order forms so that one may be arranged for you.

When will I get my order?

If your forms are filed before 2:00 p.m. you will receive your order at 3:45 p.m. the same day. If the forms are filed after 2:00 p.m., then they will be ready for pickup after 3:45 p.m. the next business day. You must get a service ticket from Reception, then go to Window 3 in Room 102 of the Family Law Records unit, at 3:45 p.m. to receive the judge's decision on your application for a protective order. In most cases, a hearing will be set for you and the other party. It is your responsibility to have other person personally served. Proof of service for the other person must be presented and filed with court prior to or at the time of the Elder or Dependent Abuse Restraining Order hearing.

How to get the other party served?

If the party to be served lives or works in Sacramento County, the Sheriff's Civil Bureau - external link can serve the documents to the other party. They are located in Room 313 of the William R. Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse. If the person to be served lives and works outside of Sacramento County, you may contact the Sheriff of that county for help. Be sure to contact them promptly so they will have enough time to serve the respondent before the scheduled hearing date.

If you prefer, someone you know can serve the restraining order documents to the respondent. The server must be over 18 and not one of the parties protected by your order.

What if I can't get the protective order served in time for the hearing or I need a continuance?

You can continue the hearing. There are two ways to continue your court date on your elder or dependent adult abuse case. If you have been unable to serve the defendant, you will need to obtain a Request for Continuance Packet. The forms must be completed and filed along with a copy of your original Notice of Court Hearing prior to 2:00 p.m. on the day before your scheduled hearing.

You may also orally request a continuance in court during your hearing. If your request for continuance is granted, the Judge will sign an order and set a new hearing date.

Both methods extend your Temporary Restraining Order so you will be protected until the new hearing date.

Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse Prevention Resources

The Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse Prevention Resources sheet contains information regarding various Sacramento private and governmental agencies or organizations offering assistance to elders and dependent adults. This information is not just limited to restraining orders, but also has information on Reporting Abuse, Legal Services and Victim Services.