Serving Your Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)

First Circuit (O`ahu):

  • Take the TRO papers to the police station in the same area where the respondent resides.
  • Give the police the exact addresses where the respondent can be located and the times you expect the respondent to be at those addresses.>
  • They will then "serve" the respondent, which means they will give the respondent a copy of the TRO. There is no charge for this service.
  • Check with the police to find out when the respondent was served.

Second and Third Circuits (Maui and Hawai`i):

  • Contact a Process Server from the list of Process Servers provided to you.
  • Provide the Process Server with one copy of the TRO.
  • Give the Process Server the exact addresses where the respondent can be located and the times you expect the respondent to be there.
  • The Process Server will then "serve" the respondent.
  • Check with the Process Server to find out when the respondent was served.

There is a $25 charge per complaint served plus a $.40 per mile mileage charge that is paid to the Process Server. You also have the option of having the TRO served by any person who is not party to the case and who is not less than 18 years of age.

Fifth Circuit (Kaua`i):

  • Take the TRO papers to the Lihu`e Police Station.
  • Give the police the exact addresses where the respondent can be located and the times you expect the respondent to be there.
  • They will then "serve" the respondent a copy of the TRO. There is a $15.00 for each respondent served.
  • Check with the police to find out when the respondent was served.

For all circuits:

Your TRO is not officially in effect until the respondent receives a copy.

Your TRO orders the respondent not to contact you but keep in mind that the TRO does not guarantee your safety. Please take proper precautions.

While the TRO is in effect, there should be no contact either by the abuser or by anyone acting on the abuser's behalf. Report any violations to the police immediately. If you initiate or invite contact with the abuser, your TRO is still valid, but the court and police may question your actions.

Keep a copy of your TRO with you at all times and report violations to the police immediately.

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