Obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) (updated 8/12/20)
Effective August 3, 2020, victims of domestic violence can contact the Superior Court of New Jersey, Family Division by telephone during normal court hours to apply for a temporary restraining order (TRO).
In Essex County, victims may call 973-776-9300 x57210 Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Victims will be provided with an opportunity to leave their name, phone number, and the safest time for the court to contact the plaintiff (applicant) during Superior Court hours.
If you are a victim, you can apply telephonically for a TRO in the county where you live, where the defendant lives, where the incident took place, or where you are seeking shelter.
After normal business hours, victims may contact their local police department where local law enforcement will assist them in filing an application for a temporary restraining order. Those applicants will be heard by a municipal court judge.
In addition, if law enforcement issues a complaint/summons to a domestic violence defendant or contacts Municipal Court to request a complaint/warrant, victims can apply for a TRO at the same time with the assistance of law enforcement, even if Superior Court is open. The TRO applications that are submitted with a complaint-warrant or a complaint-summons should be heard by a municipal court judge even during Superior Court hours.
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