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Restraining Orders

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November 28, 2023

When will my order take effect?

Your order will be in effect once it is properly served to the harasser - this is the same for a temporary ex parte order as well as a final order. If the harasser comes to the hearing and a final order is issued, s/he should be served with the order by the deputy sheriff at the courthouse. If your harasser does not come to the hearing, s/he will still have to be served with the order by a law enforcement officer before it will take effect.1

1 See M.R.S. § 4655(6)