What is an ex parte Order of Protection in TN?
An ex parte Order of Protection is a civil order signed by a judge and only lasts for 15 days. The purpose is to provide Petitioners (victims) of 1) domestic abuse, 2) stalking, or 3) sexual assault with immediate relief. Unlike temporary Orders of Protection, a judge or magistrate makes the determination to grant or deny ex parte Orders based solely on the victims’ claims. Thus, Respondents (defendants) do not have an opportunity to present a defense before the ex parte Order is granted or denied. If granted, a hearing must take place within 15 days.