Instructions for Deputized Officers for processing Orders of Protection
during office hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (Mon. through Fri.); 9:00 a.m. to Noon (Sat.)

THE OFFICER SHOULD DO THE FOLLOWING WHEN A D.V. PETITIONER SEEKS AN ORDER OF PROTECTION:

One

Make sure that one of the following is true:

  • The petitioner resides in St. Louis County or
  • The respondent can be served in St. Louis County or
  • The alleged act of domestic violence (abuse, stalking and/or sexual assault) has occurred in St. Louis County.
Two

If the Petitioner is seeking protection for herself/himself, give the petitioner the instructions (1 page) and the following forms to complete:

  • “Adult Abuse/Stalking Petition for Order of Protection” (4 pages)
  • “Financial Statement of Petitioner” (1 page)
  • “Confidential Case Filing Information Sheet” (2 pages)
  • “Service Information … for Respondents Under the Age of 17” (1 page)

(NOTE: the instructions and four forms are part of the “Online AA Packet” attachment and are available for downloading by using the following link: http://wp.stlcountycourts.com/wp-content/uploads/PDF/DomesticViolence/OnlineAAPacket.pdf     OR all forms are available at http://wp.stlcountycourts.com/forms under “Domestic Violence.”)

ALL ABOVE FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED IN ORDER TO PROCESS THE PETITION.

Three

If the Petitioner is trying to protect her/his child(ren), give the petitioner the instructions (1 page) and the following forms to complete:

  • “Petition for Order of Child Protection” (7 pages)**
  • “Financial Statement of Petitioner” (1 page)
  • “Confidential Case Filing Information Sheet” (2 pages)
  • “Service Information … for Respondents Under the Age of 17” (1 page)

NOTE: Before providing the Petitioner with the “Order of Child Protection” packet, ask her/him if a judge has issued a custody order/parenting plan.  If the Petitioner indicates that such an order has been granted, inform the Petitioner that the judge cannot grant a Child Order of Protection [pursuant to Sect. 455.523.2(1), R.S.Mo.].  Petitioner should immediately report the allegations of abuse to the Children’s Division.  The Children’s Division Hotline number is (800) 392-3738.             [C.D. was formerly known as the Division of Family Services (“D.F.S.”).]

(NOTE: the instructions and four forms are part of the “Online Child Protection Packet” attachment and are available for downloading by using the following link: https://wp.stlcountycourts.com/wp-content/uploads/PDF/DomesticViolence/OnlineChildProtectionPacket.pdf OR all forms are available at http://wp.stlcountycourts.com/forms under “Domestic Violence.”)

ALL ABOVE FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED IN ORDER TO PROCESS THE PETITION. PLEASE NOTE – IF PROCESSING A PETITION FOR BOTH AN ADULT AND CHILD(REN), BOTH PACKETS MUST BE COMPLETED IN THEIR ENTIRETY.

Four

Administer the oath to the petitioner.  

The petitioner’s right hand should be raised.  Then read the following: “Do you swear or affirm that the statements in your petition are the truth to the best of your knowledge and belief?”  Once the petitioner has been sworn in, have the petitioner sign on the appropriate signature line of the petition (NOTE: This is on page 4 of the Adult Petition, on page 7 of the Child Petition).  Next, sign the petition below the date line in the “Petitioner’s Signature” box.  The officer should print his/her name, DSN and police department below the petitioner’s signature.

Five

Call the Adult Abuse Department

at the St. Louis County Courthouse at (314) 615-4725 and inform them that you will be faxing a petition for an Order of Protection.

Six

Fax the petition(s)

to (314) 615-4821 using the attached fax cover sheet.  (“Overnight Fax Cover” attachment) (1 page)  The Adult Abuse Department will process the petition, contact an available judge and fax the judge’s order back to you.

NOTE: The judge could choose one of three possible options:

  • An Ex Parte Order of Protection (This is a temporary “stay away” order that also includes a hearing date – which is when the judge will decide whether to grant a Full Order of Protection after hearing the evidence.)
  • A Summons/Notice of Hearing (This is not a temporary order, but a summons to appear in court on a particular date – which is when the judge will decide whether to grant a Full Order of Protection after hearing the evidence.)
  • A Denial (The allegations did not meet the legal requirements – therefore, no court date is given because the case is officially closed.)
Seven

Provide the petitioner with a copy of the Judge’s order.  

Eight

Serve the respondent

if the respondent is in custody or available for service.  Then complete and fax the Officer’s Return provided by the Adult Abuse Office (“Officer’s Return” attachment) (1 page) to the Adult Abuse Office at (314) 615-4821.  Remember – DO NOT SERVE THE CONFIDENTIAL CASE FILING INFORMATION SHEET.  (This document is referred to in Paragraph 2, above.)

(NOTE: if a copy of the Officer’s Return is needed, it is also available for download via the following link: http://wp.stlcountycourts.com/wp-content/uploads/PDF/DomesticViolence/CCFC105W.pdf

OR

at http://wp.stlcountycourts.com/forms under “Domestic Violence,” as are all forms mentioned on this document.)