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November 27, 2023

36-3-616. Domestic violence community education fund

(a) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, no victim shall be required to bear the costs, including any court costs, filing fees, litigation taxes or any other costs associated with the filing, issuance, registration, service, dismissal or nonsuit, appeal or enforcement of an ex parte order of protection, order of protection, or a petition for either such order, whether issued inside or outside the state. If the court, after the hearing,issues or extends an order of protection, all court costs, filing fees, litigation taxes and attorney fees shall be assessed against the respondent.

(b)(1) The clerk of the court may provide order of protection petition forms to agencies that provide domestic violence assistance.

(2) Any agency that meets with a victim in person and recommends that an order of protection be sought shall assist the victim in the completion of the form petition for filing with the clerk.

(3) No agency shall be required to provide this assistance unless it has been provided with the appropriate forms by the clerk.