Step 5: The hearing
If a hearing is requested by either party, both parties have the right to attend the hearing. The purpose of this hearing is for the judge to determine if the terms of the court's temporary (ex parte) order should be canceled, changed or extended to become a permanent order good for up to 1 year.*
If the respondent has an attorney at the hearing, the hearing may be extended for up to five days at the request of the petitioner so that the petitioner can find representation.** To find a lawyer in your area, click on OR Finding a Lawyer page.
For more information on how to get ready for the hearing, see our Preparing Your Case page.
* O.R.S. § 124.020(6); Oregon Court Form: Notice to Respondent (Elderly Persons and Persons With Disabilities Abuse Prevention Act)
** O.R.S. § 124.015(3)(b)