Court Document
Required
Order to Show Cause and Temporary Restraining Order (Harassment) (form
CH-120); Petition for Injunction Prohibiting Harassment (form CH-100); blank
Response to Petition for Injunction Prohibiting Harassment (form
CH-110); any
other documents listed in the OSC/TRO
Purpose of Process
Notifies the defendant of a hearing concerning various issues and restrains certain
activities and conduct of the defendant until the hearing
Process Server's
Instructions
Instructions Provide the name and address of the person to be served; list all
documents to be served. Must be signed and dated by the plaintiff's attorney, or
the plaintiff if the plaintiff doesn't have an attorney
Manner of Service
Personal Service
Time for Service
The OSC/TRO must be served at least five days before the hearing, unless
shortened by the court
Fee Deposit
$90.00 to start if the OSC does not include protective orders;
Fee
$90.00 to start if the OSC does not include protective orders;
Proof of Service
If service is made, a proof of service is sent to court and notice of service is mailed
to the petitioner. If service is not made, the OSC/TRO and a certificate of not
found/no service explaining the reason for non-service are mailed to the petitioner.
Note: If you are in a different state than
California, simply use those required
court forms for your state.

All U.S. States are accepted for  process
server service within California.
Information Guide

In a civil harassment case, the court can issue orders to protect people from being harassed by others. The
plaintiff may file a petition with the court and obtain an order to show cause (OSC) and temporary
restraining order (TRO) upon a showing of reasonable proof of harassment by the defendant and great or
irreparable harm threatened to the plaintiff. The order to show cause (OSC) is a notice of motion advising
the defendant to appear at a hearing to determine whether a permanent injunction prohibiting harassment
should be issued. The temporary restraining order (TRO) restrains the defendant from certain activities and
types of conduct for a limited period of time. The OSC/TRO should be given to the Process Server without
delay because any restraining orders must be entered in the Domestic Violence Restraining Order System
(DVROS).

The OSC/TRO must be served at least five days before the hearing date unless the time is shortened by the
court. At the request of the petitioner, the Process Server will serve the OSC/TRO without charge if it
includes protective orders. If the OSC/TRO is served by someone other than the Process Server, the proof of
service must be filed with the court. The respondent is subject to immediate arrest for violating the court's
orders if DVROS indicates the OSC/TRO has been served.

The Process Server accords a very high priority to restraining orders where violence is threatened. The first
attempt to serve is made no later than two business days after receipt. Up to three attempts are made to
serve the OSC/TRO including one night-time attempt after 6:00 p.m. (unless the defendant cannot be found
at the address in the evening.) If the OSC/TRO is served, the Process Server will mail a proof of service to
the court and plaintiff. If service is not made, the OSC/TRO and a certificate of not found/no service detailing
the reasons for non-service will be mailed to the plaintiff. If the defendant appears to be evading service,
the plaintiff may wish to consider using a friend or relative over the age of 18 or hiring a registered process
server who can devote more time to effect service.
Checklist

  • $90.00 fee deposit if the OSC has no protective orders; $85.00 fee if the OSC includes protective
    orders
  • Order to Show Cause and Temporary Restraining Order (Civil Harassment) (form CH-120)
  • Petition for Injunction Prohibiting Harassment (form CH-100)
  • blank Response to Petition for Injunction Prohibiting Harassment (form CH-110)
  • any other documents listed int he osc/tro
  • Process Server's Instructions