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Proposed Law Would Create a Defense to Violation of Protection Order

Proposed Law Would Create a Defense to Violation of Protection Order

Two bills have been proposed in the Tennessee legislature that would create a defense to a violation of a protection order (order of protection). House bill HB1139 and Senate bill SB1882 attempt to fill a gap in the current law by amending Tennessee Code Annotated section 36-3-610. Under the current law a person who violates an order of protection can be held in contempt of court by having contact with the party that took out the order. Being held in…

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Tennessee Protection Orders (Orders of Protection)

Tennessee Protection Orders (Orders of Protection)

Tennessee has two types of Protection Orders that may be sought by qualified individuals that are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Temporary Protection Orders (TPO), are ex parte (which means a judge may issue the order with only one party present). A TPO is effective for 15 days or until a full hearing is held. These orders can be granted without the abusers knowledge. If a TPO is granted, the police will notify the abuser of the…

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