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Order of Protection

Below are a few frequently asked questions with generalized answers about ex partes. For more information, you may read Missouri Statute, chapter 455.

This website will help with any questions you may have about redacting documents: https://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=195713

What is an ex parte (Order of Protection)?
Ex parte - Latin legal term, meaning "from (by or for) one party".
An ex parte is a temporary order of protection granted to the petitioner until hearing can be held.
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Who can file for an ORDER OF PROTECTION (EX PARTE)?
Any adult over the age of 17 who has been subject to abuse by a present or former adult family or household member, or who has been the victim of stalking, may seek relief. (A parent or guardian must fill out the paperwork for a child protection order)

Where can I get the paperwork to file an ex parte?
You may pick up the necessary forms to file for an ex parte at:
MORGAN COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER
Morgan County Circuit Court
211 East Newton Street
Suite 4
Versailles, MO 65084
(573) 378-4413
Our office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm, except state holidays.

How much does it cost to file an ex parte?
An ex parte has no filing fee.

What is the process for getting an ex parte issued?
Once your paperwork is filled out and turned in to the Circuit Clerk's Office, a Judge will review your request. If your request is approved, we will mail you a Notice of Entry on the court date. You would then have to appear for a hearing on that date.