Q: Can you be charged with contempt for violating an ex-parte protective order that has been replaced with a TPO?
At the TPO hearing the ex-parte protective order is supposed to have expired.
3 months later, the plaintiff decides they want to claim contempt for violating the ex-parte protective order, not the TPO. is this legal?
A: I think the more appropriate question to ask is whether it is going to be effective. Additionally, the defendant (respondent) to the now TPO might want to contemplate whether the alleged conduct violates the TPO. It is possible under these facts that such a defendant may file a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim only to have it refiled now relating to the current standing order.
Procedurally that is not going to get very far. Any contempt issue should have been raised in the TPO hearing where the Ex Parte expired, and it would appear the TPO was not granted. So there is a mootness issue on top of everything else.
It would be a bit of a mess, and if the Court doesnt stop it then a lawyer will.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.