DV-520-INFO Get Ready for the Court Hearing

Get Ready for the Court Hearing
Be prepared.
Bring documents that support your case (police or medical reports, rental agreements or receipts, photos, bills, etc.).
Most courtrooms do not allow ch ild ren. Before the date of the hearing, ask if there is a children’s waiting room in the
courthouse if you do not have childcare available.
Don't miss the hearing.
Find the courtroom.
When the courtroom opens, go in and tell the court clerk or officer that you are present.
Watch the other cases so you will know what to do.
When your name is called, go to the front of the courtroom.
What if you don’t speak English?
When you file your papers, tell the clerk you will need an interpreter. If a court interpreter is not available, bring
someone to interpret for you. Do not ask a child, a protected person, or a witness to interpret for you.
The judge may ask questions.
Give complete answers.
If you don’t understand, say “I don’t understand the question .”
Speak only to the judge, unless it is your turn to ask questions.
When people are talking, wait for them to finish. Then you can ask them questions about what they said.
Do not interrupt other than for legal objections.
Either person can bring a “support” person to the court hearing to feel safer. The support person must not talk for either
person in court.
If you are afraid of the other person, tell the officer.
Your hearing may last just a few minutes or up to an hour or more. However, you may be at court several hours,
depending on the number of other cases.
Judicial Council of California, www.courts.ca.gov
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DV-520-INFO
Get Ready for the Court Hearing
(Domestic Violence Prevention)
If the other person tells a lie, wait until he or she finishes talking, then tell the judge.
Do not sit near or talk to the other person.
Bring 2 copies of all documents and filed forms, including the Proof of Service.
Practice what you want to say to the judge. Make of list of the orders you want or the orders you disagree with . If you
get nervous at the hearing, just read from your list.
If you are the person asking for protection and you miss the hearing, the restraining orders will end and yo u will have to
complete the paperwork all over again.
If you are the person to be restrained and you miss the hearing, the judge can still make the orders.
Get there 30 minutes early.
If you are the person to be restrained, complete, file, and serve Form DV-120, Response to Request for Domestic
Violence Restraining Order, if you haven’t already. Bring 3 copies of DV-120 to the hearing.
You can bring documents or witnesses to help support your case. Provide the other party with a copy of all documents
or witness statements. Your witnesses can write their statements about what they saw or heard, signed under penalty of
perjury. They can use form MC-030, Declaration, or a sheet of paper titled “Declaration.”
Do not sit near or talk to the other person.
The person to be protected and the person to be restrained or their lawyers may ask questions.
Tell the truth. Speak slowly. You can read from your list.
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