How do you apply for an anti-harassment protection order?

A District Court Clerk will provide to you a set of materials which include a petition and declaration, law enforcement information sheet, temporary protection order, notice of hearing, return of service, and permanent order of protection. Once the materials have been completed by the applicant, a judge will review the petition and declaration and determine if an anti-harassment order is appropriate. If the judge approves the petition, a temporary protection order may be signed and a hearing is set within 14 days. A copy of the temporary order and notice of hearing is then served on the respondent by a law enforcement officer. At the hearing, a judge will hear testimony of the parties and any witnesses of the alleged harassment. The judge will then decide if the protection order should be made permanent, and if so, what conditions the order should contain. The permanent order can be effective up to one year and can be extended.

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1. What are the three different alternatives available for protection?
2. Where do you go to obtain this help?
3. How do you apply for an anti-harassment protection order?
4. Are there restrictions on where you can file?
5. Is there a fee to file an anti-harassment petition?
6. How does the court decide if there is harassment?
7. What kind of protection can the order provide?
8. What if the order is violated?