TRO – Temporary Restraining Order
A domestic violence complaint can be filed at the Domestic Violence Unit of the Superior Court/Family Division, Monday- Friday between the hours of 8:30am- 3:30pm.
Somerset County Courthouse
20 North Main Street
Somerville, NJ 08876
On weekends, holidays and weekdays after 3:30pm and all other times when the Superior Court is closed you may file a complaint at the local police department.
You may file for a TRO in the county/town where the domestic violence occurred, where your abuser resides, where you reside, or where you are sheltered/temporarily staying.
If a judge determines there is evidence of domestic violence, a TRO is issued ordering the defendant (your abuser) to avoid any contact with you. You will be given a date to return for a final restraining order (FRO) hearing within 10 days. The police will serve the TRO on the defendant. Both the plaintiff (you) and defendant need to appear on the scheduled day for the final hearing at the Superior Court/Family Part.