DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Restraining Orders
A CJER Online Course
for Judges, Commissioners, and Referees
Each judge, commissioner, or referee who hears family, criminal, juvenile delinquency or dependency, or probate matters must participate in appropriate education on domestic violence issues, as required by Cal Rules of Court, rule 10.464. In addition, each judge, commissioner, or referee whose primary assignment is in one of these areas must participate in a periodic update on domestic violence issues. This online course will help bench officers satisfy these educational needs as part of their requirements and expectations under Cal Rules of Court, rule 10.462.
About This Course
This online course provides an overview of domestic violence protective orders and related restraining orders in criminal and juvenile proceedings. For a related course that reviews civil harassment, elder and dependent adult abuse, workplace violence, and private postsecondary school violence, see the online course Restraining Orders Against Harassment, Abuse, or Violence.
We’ll give you feedback throughout and provide links to the governing code sections. The review questions are for your own practice; no record is made of any of your responses.
Your feedback is important to us. After finishing the entire course, please take a few minutes to complete the Evaluation form. After completing and submitting an evaluation, you may complete and print out a certificate of completion for your records.
Online Coursework Credit
|Minimum education requirements, expectations, or recommendations, including fairness and access||2|
|Special education requirement—family||n/a|
|Special education recommendation—juvenile||n/a|
|Qualifying judicial ethics||n/a|
|Temporary judge training||2|
|Elimination of Bias||n/a|
|Substance Abuse /
As a result of this course, you will be able to:
- Determine whether a law enforcement officer has asserted reasonable grounds for an emergency protective order (EPO) under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVPA);
- State the required findings for issuing an EPO;
- List who can get a temporary restraining order (TRO) under the DVPA;
- Describe the various orders available as TROs and the required standard of proof;
- Explain the requirement that firearms be ordered relinquished at all stages unless a statutory exemption applies;
- Grant or deny appropriate orders after a hearing (OAH);
- Spell out the duration of an EPO, TRO, and OAH;
- Understand how the orders are transmitted through the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) and entered into the DOJ California Restraining and Protective Orders System (CARPOS);
- Decide when to grant a criminal protective order when the crime of domestic violence is charged;
- Explain when you may issue a TRO and OAH in a juvenile dependency or delinquency proceeding;
We estimate that the course may take you 2 hours to complete, depending on your experience. If you cannot complete the course in one session, consider completing it in two sessions. For example, you can first complete Sections 1 and 2, which cover protective orders under the DVPA. In a final session, you can complete Sections 3–4, which cover protective orders issued in criminal or juvenile proceedings. Note the section number or screen page where to resume if you complete the course in two sessions.
Start the course by selecting any Section title above in the Jump menu, or simply click the Next Arrow below.
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