Welcome to AZPOINT

Welcome to AZPOINT, the Arizona Protective Order Initiation and Notification Tool. Through an interview in this portal, you can quickly fill out the forms that you need to ask for an Order of Protection at an Arizona court. An Order of Protection is a court order that is issued to stop a person from committing domestic violence or from contacting other people protected by the order. The portal will also help you figure out whether you (the plaintiff) and the person from whom you are seeking protection (the defendant) have a qualifying relationship for an Order of Protection.*

You may also use this portal if you're asking for protection on behalf of another person--either (1) a minor of whom you are the parent, guardian, or legal custodian or (2) an adult who is temporarily or permanently unable to request an order. 

*If you do not have a qualifying relationship for an Order of Protection, you may be eligible to apply for an Injunction Against Harassment. You must be able to allege one instance of sexual violence or at least two incidents during the past year during which the defendant harassed you.

*If you are an employer seeking protection of your business or employees, you may apply for an Injunction Against Workplace Harassment based on a single act or a series of acts of harassment.

Finding a victim advocate

Getting help with your case

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Filing your petition

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To complete the process of asking for an Order of Protection, you must file your petition in an Arizona court. IMPORTANT: Please contact the court to find out what procedures have been implemented for telephonic or video hearings in response to COVID-19. Please have your petition confirmation number available so court staff can start your case. You may file with a justice of the peace court, a city court, or a superior court. (Click here to find Arizona courts.) Until you file your petition, it has no legal effect. After you file your petition, you will have to speak to a judge. The judge will decide whether there's a legal basis to issue a protective order.

Service of an Order of Protection

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If the judge issues the Order of Protection, the court will send a copy of it and your petition to law enforcement (city police, county sheriff, or constable) for service on the defendant. You can help this process by providing information on the most likely places where the defendant can be served. Questions you’ll be asked in AZPOINT will help collect this information. If law enforcement has not been able to serve the order within 15 days, you may be asked to give the law enforcement agency more information about the defendant.

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If you are asking for an Injunction Against Harassment or an Injunction Against Workplace Harassment, you—not the court—must arrange for service of the injunction, if the judge issues it. The court will give you information on how to arrange for service of the injunction. If the injunction is based on a dating relationship or sexual violence, there is no fee for service. Ask the court about fee deferral or waiver if you cannot afford to pay a fee for service. The court will decide whether you are eligible for a fee deferral or waiver.

 
 

How to use this portal

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  1. Create a username and a password. Use a strong password, and choose one that you haven't used before. Be careful about allowing a device or a computer save it for you. Keep your password private.
  2. Avoid using symbols for "and," "less than," or "greater than." Spell out these words. If you use any of these symbols, your information will not be saved, and the court will not be able to download your documents from the portal.
  3. Answer the questions that appear on each screen. Some questions require an answer, while others do not. If an answer is required, but you do not have exact information, please make your best guess (for example, the defendant’s height or weight).
  4. Save your answers often by clicking on the "save progress", "continue/next" or "save & exit" buttons.
  5. When you have provided the minimum required information to file a petition, you will be "court ready" and will receive a confirmation number and information about next steps. You will need your petition confirmation number to file your petition at a court. 
  6. The portal will allow you to print draft (but not official) copies of the forms that you will need to file a petition for an Order of Protection. Think before you print!  Leaving copies of your draft paperwork where others can read them may increase your risk. The information that you save in the portal will stay here for 90 days, and you can come back to it as often as necessary. Please think about your safety before you print draft copies.
  7. Be sure to LOG OUT every time you have finished working in this portal.

 

Steps to file for an Order of Protection

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  1. If you decide to go ahead with your petition for a protective order, you must file it with a court. You may file with a justice of the peace court, a city court, or a superior court. (Click here to find Arizona courts.) IMPORTANT: Please contact the court to find out what procedures have been implemented for telephonic or video hearings in response to COVID-19. Please have your petition confirmation number available so court staff can start your case.
  2. Provide your petition number to court staff. The petition number is needed to retrieve your petition and other information from the portal.

 

Computer safety and spyware

Caution: Before continuing, please think about whether the computer or the device you’re using is safe. Do you think a person causing harm to you has or had access to this device and may be monitoring you? If you feel this is a possibility, please exit out of this window and continue the application process on a safe device. Public libraries, some local courthouses, and advocate agencies may have computers or devices that you can use. Trusted friend or family member may be willing to let you use their computers or devices. When using any type of device, be careful about allowing the device to save your passwords.

Spyware is a software program that can secretly collect personal information when you’re online. Keylogger spyware records the keystrokes you make on a keyboard. How do you know whether spyware has been installed on your device? Some red flags to consider if you think spyware may be on your device are:

• the device takes a long time to shut down;
• the screen turns on when not in use or there’s an unusual battery drain;
• the battery is warm at rest; 
• you notice spikes in data use or increased charges on your phone bill, or
• the person causing harm knows details about private conversations you've had with others and has had access to your devices.

Again, if you think the technology you are using is suspect, please exit this window, wipe the history, and use a more secure device.