A restraining order is a court order that prohibits contact and/or certain behavior directed to the person needing protection. Restraining orders are different from bail or bond conditions, probation rules, or a 72-hour no contact as condition of arrest order. The following is information on how to obtain different types of Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO) that are effective until a court official grants more long term protection called an Injuction. You do NOT need an attorney--Wisconsin law allows you to seek a restraining order without a lawyer's help. Many people feel more comfortable hiring an attorney, especially if there are concurrent criminal or family law cases that stem from the abuse.
For all matters scheduled to be heard by electronic means please click here to review the Injunction Exhibit Process. Any exhibit not clearly marked and filed at least 2 business days in advance of the hearing date will not be considered by the Court absent a showing of good cause. For any filing after May 27, 2021, hearings shall return to in-person and the Injunction Exhibit Process does not apply.
Civil Court and Juvenile Court hear requests for restraining orders. The court in which a restraining order is filed depends on whether the abuser (defendant) is a minor or an adult. There are different types of Restraining Orders as follows:
Additional Information regarding Restraining Orders:
NOTE: At this time you may voluntarily file all types of restraining orders and/or injunctions electronically with the exception of those filed for Child Abuse.