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What to do once the Judge signs the Order of Protection
If the judge signs the Order of Protection, you must give legal notice to the defendant
through formal service of a copy of the petition and order. The court order is not
valid until served. You cannot serve these papers yourself. You can pay a private
process server to do this, or police officer can serve papers for you. Private process
servers are listed in the yellow pages of the telephone directory. You can also
pay the Sheriff to serve the papers or the Constable if you file in the Justice
Court. If you qualify for a deferral or waiver of fees, you do not have to pay the
Sheriff or Constable. The Certificate or Affidavit of Service form is legal notice
to the court that the order was served on the defendant. This is filed for you by
the process server or Sheriff who served the order on the defendant.
You may still have contact with the defendant for parenting time matters or other
matters connected with a divorce, or paternity, or child support case.