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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of
January 23, 2024

Do I need a lawyer to help me?

You do not need a lawyer to file for a civil no contact order however it is often best to have a lawyer represent you who is knowledgeable about sexual assault to make sure that your rights are protected. If you cannot find a lawyer, the judge may appoint a lawyer to represent you if the abuser is represented by a lawyer.1 To find a legal services organization near you, go to our IL Finding a Lawyer page.

If you are going to be in court without a lawyer, our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section may be useful to you.

1 740 ILCS 22/204.3