Tips for Writing Your Statement
You may use our statement packet or create your own statement using blank sheets of paper. You may type or write your statement. If writing your statement, use regular/computer-sized single-sided sheets of paper and write in black or blue ink. You may provide attachments as well (e.g. printouts of documents you want the Judge to see).
Remember: the Respondent will need to get a copy of your statement and any attachments if the PPO is granted.
Make sure to state how you know the Respondent/what your relationship is with the Respondent (for example, ex-spouse, 2 children together/neighbor/co-worker).
Tell the Judge in your own words what events have occurred to cause you to need a Personal Protection Order. The Judge will only know what you have put down in writing. The Judge does not do any outside investigation, look up criminal charges, or obtain copies of police reports you mention.
Write in full sentences so the Judge knows who was doing what. For example:
‘She hit me.’ NOT: ‘Hit me.’
Use dates. If you cannot remember the exact date of an event you are writing about, you can write the month and the year, the season and the year, or the approximate time-frame (for example: ‘about two weeks ago’).
We recommend you start with the most recent event so it is clear to the Judge why you are filing for a PPO now.
Be brief and to the point when you are writing about an event. Focus on the things the Respondent has done to threaten, assault, stalk, harass, and intimidate you.
For each event you want to tell the Judge about, focus on what the Respondent said or did to you. It is easier for the Judge to know what happened when you write down facts and not conclusions. For example:
‘He called me 65 times while I was at work.’ NOT: ‘He harassed me by phone.’
Feel free to tell the Judge how these incidences have made you feel and why you need a PPO granted immediately.
Date and sign your statement.