Ex Parte Protection Orders
Below are a few frequently asked questions with generalized answers about ex parte protection orders. More detailed information about adult abuse/stalking protection orders is available here or you may read Chapter 455, RSMo. More detailed information about orders of child protection is available here or you may read Sections 455.500 through 455.538, RSMo.
What is an ex parte protection order?
An ex parte is a temporary protection order granted to the petitioner which is valid in every US state and upheld by law enforcement until a court hearing which will be set within 15 days of the original file date. The ex parte bars an abuser from committing domestic violence or stalking the petitioner, enter the home, work or school of the petitioner and communicating with the petitioner through any medium.
Who can file for an ex parte protection order?
Any person over the age of 17, or otherwise emancipated, who has been a victim of abuse by a present or past family or household member or a significant or intimate partner OR who has been a victim of stalking or sexual assault may seek relief. A parent, guardian or court-appointed special advocate may apply for protection for anyone under the age of 17.
Where can I get the paperwork to file for an ex parte protection order?
If filing during courthouse business hours (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday - except holidays) file at the:
Judicial Facility - Second Floor
Greene County Circuit Clerk's Office
1010 N Boonville Ave
If you need an emergency ex parte and the courthouse is closed for any reason, please file an “after hours” petition at:
Greene County Jail
1000 N Boonville Ave
You may also file any day from 5 PM to 11 PM at the:
Springfield Police Department
321 E Chestnut Expy
How much does it cost to file for an ex parte protection order?
There is no filing fee to file for an ex parte protection order.
What is the process for getting an ex parte protection order issued?
Once your paperwork is filled out and turned in to the Circuit Clerk's office, a judge will review your request. If your request is approved, you must return and pick up a copy of your order. You will then have to appear at a hearing for a full protection order at a later date.
Are there any organizations that can help me?
Anyone in Greene County who is in danger because of domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault can call our community-wide hotline 417-864-7233 (SAFE). You will be able to seek emergency domestic violence shelter from the Harmony House or assistance from an advocate and free trauma-focused therapy from The Victim Center through this hotline.