Protection Order Information

Protection Order Information

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NEW INFORMATION: Courts Accepting Documents By Email

Due to COVID-19, the Nebraska Supreme Court has ordered all Nebraska courts  to accept emailed documents from individuals, not represented by attorneys, for the duration of this emergency. This COVID-19  judicial order can be accessed by clicking Judicial Orders.  You can read the new rule  by clicking  Neb. Ct. R. § 1-1101. Before this order was effective on April 23, 2020, documents not prepared by an attorney, could only be submitted to the court by mail, fax or in person. During the pandemic emergency, court houses may be closed or have restricted access, however your courts are open. Judges and court staff are available to help you. 

If you believe a Protection Order is needed:

  • You must first decide what type of Protection Order you want to file. A protection order is an order from a judge to protect people from abuse, sexual assault, or harassment.  There are three types of protection orders. The definition for each  is listed below. A packet of forms is attached to each definition.
  1. Domestic Abuse Protection Order:  For people who have been in close relationships (relatives, spouses or former spouses, people who have lived or are living together, etc). It is granted because someone attempted, threatened, caused bodily injury, or intimidated the other person by credible threat, or engaged in sexual contact or sexual penetration without consent. Domestic Abuse Protection Order Packet
  2. Harassment Protection Order:  Not relationship dependent. Requires a number of telephone or personal contacts that seriously terrify, threaten, or intimidate the victim and serve no legitimate purpose. Harassment Protection Order Packet
  3. Sexual Assault Protection Order:  Not relationship dependent. It is granted because someone subjected or attempted to subject the other person to sexual contact or sexual penetration without consent. Sexual Assault Protection Order Packet
  • After choosing the best packet of forms for your situation, complete the forms on the computer or print to complete by pen.
  • Your signature on the form must be witnessed by a notary or by court staff. To find a notary, call your local bank or other businesses. Drive-through services may be available. Electronic notaries are available online and using these services is now approved in Nebraska.

**If you are submitting in Douglas County, please click on Douglas County Domestic Violence Protection Orders for more information specific to the process in Douglas County. **   

After completing the forms:
  • You can submit the forms by mail, fax, in person or by email. For addresses and fax numbers, click on District Court Contacts and Addresses. 
  • If you choose to submit the Protection Order by email, it is very important you follow these steps as outlined in the new rule: 
  1.  In the “To” line, enter the e-mail address of the Clerk of the Court near you. The list of contacts, by county, is provided in Attachment B of the Court Rule.

  2. A case number must be included in the subject line of the email.  For an existing case your subject line should be “Filing in case # _____.”  If you do not know your case number, you can email . You can also call (888) 342-6395  (Toll-free). ***If the filing is for a new case, your subject line should be: “Filing for new case.” A case number will be assigned by the court when the form is accepted. ***                                                                                                                         

  3. In the body of the email, you must provide your contact information, including the best way to contact you  if there is a problem (cell phone number or email address.)

  4. The completed Protection Order forms must be attached to the email and in PDF format. Your signature on the Protection Order is required to be witnessed by the Clerk at the courthouse or by a notary. If completing the form on the computer, enter your name on the signature line or sign if using paper. 

  5. Review the email to be certain all the information is included and click send.

  6. There is no fee required for submitting a Protection Order.   

  7. You will receive notice from the clerk once your email has been processed.  Sending multiple e-mails to check on your filing may cause delays for yourself and others.  Clerks will not respond to these additional inquiries.     

Self-represented litigants are encouraged to submit a Registration of Email Address, so all documents and notifications may be emailed to them from the courts.