Individuals in need of a protective order can now request one online without having to leave a safe space to visit the courthouse.
The Indiana Supreme Court announced Tuesday its new protection order e-filing service, which enables those who need a protection order to request one wherever they have access to the internet. The service is available to individuals, advocates and attorneys and is intended for adults and children who need protection from domestic or family violence, stalking, sex offenses or harassment.
Requests for protection orders can be made online at any time of day on any day of the week, the Supreme Court said. Individuals seeking protection can still file on paper in the clerk’s office or with assistance from a victim advocate, but attorneys are required to e-file in these cases starting Dec. 2.
Developed by the Indiana Supreme Court’s Trial Court Technology, the new e-filing service provider complies with the Violence Against Women Act, interfaces with state and federal criminal databases, and is free to use. It serves as the only electronic filing service provider in adult and child protection order cases. Once a request is made, a judge will review the case.
Trained advocates who can answer questions and assist with the e-filing process are listed for each county at public.courts.in.gov/porefsp. The new service is now listed as one of the 12 available e-filing service providers at courts.in.gov/efile.