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 also type your statement.
Attachments are welcome (e.g. printouts of documents you want the Judge to see).
You CANNOT attach video/audio to your statement.
Remember: The Respondent will need to get a copy of everything filed, including attachments, if the PPO is granted.
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 put in writing. The Judge will not look up or do any kind of investigative work regarding criminal charges or police reports you mention in your statement.
Start with the most recent event first. Then work your way back through time. It lets the Judge know why you are filing now.
Use dates. If you cannot remember the exact date of an event, write the month and year, or the season and year, or an approximate time-frame (i.e. "about two weeks ago")
Write in full sentences so the Judge knows who was doing what. For example:
"SHE hit me" not "hit me"
"He called me 62 times while I was at work." not "Harassing me by phone"
Feel free to tell the Judge how these incidences have made you feel and why you need a PPO granted immediately.
Make sure to state how you know the Respondent/what your relationship is with the Respondent (i.e. "ex-spouse with two children together", "neighbor", "co-worker").
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.
Date and sign your statement.