Interim Peace Orders in Maryland
An Interim Peace Order will contain a date and time (within two court-business days) on which you must present the order and application to a Judge in the District Court in order to obtain a Temporary Peace Order.
The Court will grant the Order if the judge finds there are “reasonable grounds” to grant it. The hearing is usually “ex-parte”, meaning that the court can grant you a Temporary Peace Order even if the Respondent does not appear. The Interim or Temporary Peace Order is served upon the Respondent by a Sheriff.
In an Interim or Temporary Peace Order, the judge can order that the abuser:
- Stop abusing you.
- Stay away from you and not try to contact you or harass you at your home, school, job, or the place where you may be staying.