You file Van Nuys Restraining Orders at The Van Nuys Superior Court – East located at 6230 Sylmar Avenue that are based on conduct and/or residence of one of the parties in Encino, Panorama City, Reseda, Sepulveda, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Tarzana, Toluca Lake, Valley Village, and Van Nuys, as well as parts of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Canoga Park, Los Angeles, North Hills, North Hollywood, Northridge, Winnetka, Woodland Hills.
The Los Angeles Superior Court Filing Court Locator can be used to determine where a restraining order should be filed.
Parking at the Van Nuys Courthouse is available in the adjacent parking structure. There is also ample metered street parking. Restraining order matters are heard at the Van Nuys Courthouse – East. The Van Nuys Courthouse – West is reserved for criminal matters only.
Van Nuys Restraining Orders Are Filed In Clerk’s Office
Van Nuys restraining orders must be filed in the clerk’s office on the first floor. If the temporary restraining order is approved by the judge, the clerk will hand the signed paperwork to the Petitioner. The paperwork will contain the hearing date and additional information. It is the Petitioner’s responsibility to make sure that the paperwork is served on the Respondent via a private process server, sheriff or a 3rd party not part of the case & over the age of 18.
The Van Nuys Courthouse also provides mediators free of charge if the parties to a restraining order are willing to mediate their dispute prior to having it heard by the judge. Cases will be assigned to mediation on the date of the hearing. The clerk will advise the parties that mediation is available, and if both parties are amenable to mediation, a mediator will be assigned to the case. All statements made to the mediator are confidential, and neither the mediator nor the opposing party is allowed to use those statements in court.
If the parties are able to resolve their dispute through mediation, the mediator will prepare a settlement agreement for the parties to sign, and the case will be dismissed. If the parties are unable to resolve their dispute the case will proceed to a hearing. Depending on mediator availability, and the length of the mediation, it is possible that the case will be continued if the court runs out of time to hear the matter. If the case is continued, a new hearing date will be assigned, and all temporary orders will remain in effect until the new hearing date.
The Van Nuys courthouse has a Self-Help Center which runs a Domestic Violence Clinic which is open Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. The Self Help Center is located on the 3rd floor in room 350. The Domestic Violence Clinic focuses on preventing recurrences of domestic violence and assists with the preparation of restraining order paperwork. The Self-Help Center will also assist the victims of civil harassment in filling out the restraining order paperwork.
The San Fernando Valley Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) also hosts a restraining order workshop at 6240 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys on Tuesdays between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. The workshop assists low-income victims of domestic violence with the preparation of restraining order petitions. DART can be reached at (818)-374-0078.
The Los Angeles Police Department provides assistance to victims of domestic violence, including emergency or transitional housing. Emergency shelters offer housing assistance for a max of 90 days. Transitional housing offers refuge for up to 18 months. The focus of this program is to enable victims of domestic violence to learn and develop skills necessary for independence. Shelter locations are confidential. The individual shelters and programs can be contacted using the telephone numbers below:
- National Domestic Violence Hotline – (800) 900-SAFE (7233)
- Chicana Service Action Center – (800) 548-2722
- Haven Hills – (818) 887-6589
- Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles – (818) 505-0900
- Ocean Park Community Center – (310) 264-6646
- Prototypes (310) 641-7995
- Rainbow Services – (310) 547-9343
- Southern California Alcohol and Drug Program – (323) 780-4357