Extending A Protection Order
Most temporary protection orders (TPOs) remain in effect for thirty days, unless the court orders some lesser period.
FYI! Some courts count thirty days from the date the TPO is signed by the judge. Other courts count thirty days from the date the TPO is served on the “adverse party” (the party the order is issued against). Check with the court issuing the order to verify how long it will remain in effect.
A TPO against harassment in the workplace remains in effect for fifteen days from the date the order is issued by the court, unless the judge orders something different.
Before the TPO expires, the “applicant” (the person who filed for the order) can request an extended protection order. An extended protection order can remain in effect up to one year after the court signs it.
To download a flowchart that shows the TPO process, click on the filename below:
Flowchart – Overview of the Protection Order Process
Q&A – Extended Protection Orders
When can I apply to extend my protection order?
If you want to apply for an extended protection order, you must wait until three weeks after the date the temporary order is served before the motion to extend can be filed with the court.
For workplace harassment protection orders, the employer must file the application for an extended order before the date the temporary order expires.
Can I still apply for an extended order if my temporary order has already expired?
No. The court cannot grant an extended protection order after a temporary order has expired. If your temporary protection order has expired, and you believe you still need the order in place, you must submit a new TPO application.
How do I apply for an extended protection order?
To apply for an extended protection order, you must complete the appropriate application and file it with the justice court where you filed your initial TPO application.
- If you obtained a TPO against stalking, aggravated stalking, or harassment, click one of the formats underneath the form’s title below to download the extended protection order application:
MOTION TO MODIFY, DISSOLVE, EXTEND OR ENFORCE ORDER FOR PROTECTION AGAINST STALKING, AGGRAVATED STALKING, OR HARASSMENT
- If you obtained a TPO for protection of children, click one of the formats underneath the form’s title below to download the extended protection order application:
MOTION TO MODIFY, DISSOLVE, EXTEND OR ENFORCE ORDER FOR PROTECTION OF CHILDREN
- If you obtained a TPO against sexual assault, click one of the formats underneath the form’s title below to download the extended protection order application:
MOTION REGARDING PROTECTION ORDER
- If you obtained a TPO against harassment in the workplace, click one of the formats underneath the form’s title below to download the extended protection order application:
APPLICATION FOR EXTENDED ORDER FOR PROTECTION AGAINST HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE
If you need additional space to write, click on the format underneath the form’s title below to download a continuation page:
For general tips and instructions on how to fill out and file your documents, click to re-read Protection from Harm to Children; Protection from Sexual Assault; Protection from Stalking, Aggravated Stalking, or Harassment; or Protection from Workplace Harassment.
Will there be a court hearing on my application for an extended protection order?
Yes. An extended order cannot be granted unless:
- Notice of the application for the extended order and of the hearing on the order is served upon the adverse party pursuant to the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedures, and
- The court holds a hearing on the request.
If you are applying to extend a workplace harassment protection order, the court must hold a hearing on the application within ten days after your file, unless it determines there are compelling reasons to hold the hearing at a later date.
What if the hearing on my extended order doesn’t take place until after the order expires?
If your motion to extend the protection order is filed within the period of the temporary order (in other words, before the temporary order expires), the TPO remains in effect until the hearing on the extended order is held.
What will happen at the hearing on my application for an extended order?
The hearing is your opportunity to explain to the judge why you need an extended order for protection. You should plan on bringing any supporting documentation that you have not already provided to the court and any witnesses that you believe will support your request to have an extended order issued.
For tips on preparing for your hearing, click to visit Going to Court.
What if I disagree with the judge’s decision on my extended protection order application?
If the judge denies your application for an extended order, but you believe the protection is still needed, you can file a brand new TPO application.
If the judge grants your application for an extended order, the adverse party can appeal the judge’s decision to the district court. The adverse party could also file a motion asking the court to modify or dissolve the extended order.