Legal Advocates

Temporary Protective Orders (TPO)
The legal advocates provide assistance to individuals who meet certain criteria and are not represented by an attorney with the preparation and filing of petitions for Temporary Protective Orders (TPO) under the Family Violence Act. A TPO is not the same as a civil restraining order and the legal advocates do not assist with the preparation of petitions for these orders. Please consult an attorney if you are seeking a civil restraining order.

Initial Screening for Eligibility
Before any assistance is provided, an individual is screened to determine whether the criteria for obtaining a TPO are met. This initial screening may take place over the telephone to avoid inconvenience to you such as long wait times at the courthouse and/or lost time at work.

Filing a Petition for TPO

If the person against whom you are seeking a TPO is a resident of the State of Georgia, you must file your petition in the county where that person resides. Petitions for TPOs against Georgia residents may be filed in Hall County only against residents of Hall County. Before filing a petition, you will need to provide a valid address for service upon this person. There is no fee for filing a petition for a TPO under the Family Violence Act.

Office Hours

The Legal Advocate Office are located on the 4th floor of the courthouse. Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The legal advocates are in court on Tuesday mornings and are generally otherwise unavailable during this time.

Protective Order Forms