Step 6: The final hearing
As the petitioner requesting a protection order, you must:
- Prove that the abuser has committed an act of domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking or harassment against you (as defined by the law);* and
- Convince a judge that you need protection and the specific things you asked for in the petition.**
You must go to the hearing if you want to keep your order.*** If you do not go to the hearing, your emergency ex parte order will expire and you will have to start the process over. If you do not show up at the hearing it may be harder for you to be granted an order in the future.
If the abuser does not show up for the hearing, the judge may still grant you a final protection order if you s/he was served with notice of the hearing date, or the judge may order a new hearing date.***
See the Preparing Your Case section under the Preparing for Court tab at the top of this page for ways you can show the judge that you were abused.
* 22 O.S. § 60.1
** 22 O.S. § 60.4
*** 22 O.S. § 60.4(B)(4)&(5)