Emergency Protective Order (EPO)

Definition - What does Emergency Protective Order (EPO) mean?

An emergency protective order (EPO) is an ex parte court order that provides immediate protection to a victim against harm or harassment. An EPO is issued in emergency situations that are unavoidable and only last for a short duration.

Justipedia explains Emergency Protective Order (EPO)

In child abuse, domestic violence, trafficking, stalking, and similar cases, a victim often needs immediate protection from the tormentor. An EPO gives law enforcers the authority to provide that protection. An EPO is only granted in extraordinary situations where the time spent on seeking a temporary restraining order (TRO) can put the victim in danger. Some jurisdictions allow police and other law enforcement agencies to issue an EPO when a judge can't be reached or a court is not in session.

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