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Information for Victims of Domestic Violence:

Volunteer attorneys, law students, and staff provide one-on-one legal assistance for the preparation of documents to file for a Temporary Restraining Order.


Los Angeles Superior Court
Room 235
111 N. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Monday-Thursday—8:00 a.m.-12 noon and 1:00-3:30 p.m.;
Friday—8:00 a.m.-12 noon

What if I want an attorney to appear in court with me?

LACBA Domestic Violence Project does not provide attorneys to appear in court with you for your hearing. If you can pay for an attorney, please call Lawyer Referral and Information Service by telephone (213) 243-1525. Ask for their Middle Income Program!

What does it cost to file for a Temporary Restraining Order?
There is no court filing fee charge for a Domestic Violence Restraining Order.

How long does it take to file for a restraining order?
You will be in the courthouse for several hours. It is best not to bring your children because many courtrooms do not allow children inside. But, if you must bring them, please take them to the child care center in the downtown courthouse. Child care is provided free of charge. Otherwise, try to bring a friend to watch your children in the hallway while you are inside the courtroom.

The court will not accept filings between 12—1:30 p.m. or after 3:30 p.m.

It is recommended that you arrive at 8:00 a.m.