Forms can be picked up from the PPO Assistance Office, located on the first floor of the Macomb County Circuit Court building at 40 North Main Street, in downtown Mt. Clemens. The PPO Assistance Office is open from 8 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm on court business days. This service is free and available to anyone. An advocate is available to explain how to fill out the forms and answer questions. Once all the forms are completed, you must file them in the Circuit Court Clerk's Office on the 1st floor of the Court building. You may also call the PPO Assistance Office at 586-469-7494.
If you fear immediate injury or irreparable harm if you have to wait for a hearing on the PPO, check the "ex parte" box. By court rule, the judge assigned to your personal protection action has twenty-four hours to review the information you have provided and grant or deny an ex parte PPO request. Once it has been decided, the paperwork should either be picked up by you after 3 pm the next court day or it can be mailed to you.
Personal Protection Orders are public record and thus, anyone can access your petition at the courthouse.
If your request for an ex parte order is denied and you wish to have the judge consider it in court, you have the right to request a hearing before the judge. In order to request such a hearing, you must file a "Motion to Enter" within twenty-one days of the date that your PPO was denied. Motion forms are available in the PPO Office.