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Restraining Orders

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March 26, 2018

Step 4: Service of process

If you are granted a temporary order, the abuser has to be served with a copy of it so s/he knows what s/he is restricted from doing (i.e., contacting you, coming to your home, etc.).  The order is only effective once it is served.  If you apply for an extended order, the court will give you a hearing date where both you and the abuser have a right to be present.  The abuser must be “served” with this notice of the hearing so that s/he knows s/he must appear in court.*  If the abuser does not receive notice, the hearing will be rescheduled.  Talk to a court clerk about serving these papers, which is known as “service of process.”  The court may send the paperwork to law enforcement personnel to be served, or you may have to bring the temporary order and notice of hearing to the police or sheriff yourself.  There is no cost for law enforcement personnel to serve the abuser with the temporary order and notice of the hearing for the extended order.**  If law enforcement is not able to serve the abuser in person, there are other ways that law enforcement may be able to serve it (i.e., by delivering it to his/her work and mailing it).  For more information, you can go to our NV Statutes page and read section 33.065.  You cannot serve the papers yourself.

* N.R.S. § 33.020(3)
** N.R.S. § 33.060(2)