Restraining Orders / Injunctions
If you are a victim of any act of domestic violence or have reasonable cause to believe that you are in imminent danger of becoming a victim of domestic violence, you can ask the Court for a protective order prohibiting domestic violence. Domestic violence includes assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any other criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death to petitioner, by any of the petitioner's family or household members.
Because you are making a request to the Court, you are called the petitioner. The person whom you are asking the Court to protect you from is called the respondent.
For injunctions regarding the exploitation of vulnerable adults please see: https://www.citrusclerk.org/226/Guardianship
Domestic Violence Laws
Domestic violence laws only apply to your situation if the respondent is your spouse, former spouse, related to you by blood or marriage, living with you now, or has lived with you in the past (if you are or were living as a family), or the parent of your child or children, whether or not you have ever been married or ever lived together. With the exception of persons who have a child in common, the family or household members must be currently residing together or have resided together in the past, in the same single dwelling unit.
There is no filing fee. However, there may be a sheriff's service fee if the respondent lives outside of the State of Florida. The petitioner should verify the service fee with the other state prior to filing the case. The petitioner must provide a check or money order made payable in the amount that was provided by the other state at the time of filing.
All required documents are contained in the individual packets which are available on the Clerk's website and inside the Clerk's office.
Injunction Case Assignment
Please note, the judge reflected on an injunction case is the duty judge assigned to review the petition at the time of filing and will not handle the case through disposition. Judge assignment is outlined in the Second Amended Administrative Order C-2018-30B which states, the assigned duty judge shall be responsible for signing ex parte temporary restraining orders. The order also states, the assigned Senior Judge will be handling Domestic Violence and Repeat Violence return hearings until July 1, 2019. After July 1, Judge Brigham will handle the return hearings.
Injunction Intake Services Provided Only at the Clerk's Main Office in the Citrus County Courthouse Located at 110 N Apopka Avenue, Inverness.
** If an injunction is needed after business hours, weekends or holidays please call 911.**
Request assistance as early in the day as possible, preferably before 3pm, to allow sufficient time to complete paperwork and for the Court to review your paperwork.