Restraining Orders are processed and put out for service the day they are received by our office. We rely on the relevant data section in the restraining order, which has the name, date of birth, address, and all descriptions of the respondent. The more information you provide in this section, the easier it may be for the Sheriff’s Office to complete service. Include an employment address, if applicable, and any other information that will be useful in order for us to serve. Restraining Orders are the first priority in service documents at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. However, it may take anywhere from one day to several weeks to serve a respondent, due to the following:
A respondent may be avoiding service. Restraining orders are not search warrants; therefore, we cannot force entry into a residence.
We may be going to the residence at the wrong time because no information was provided as to the best timeframe to serve (or, it is simply unknown).
Deputies may be responding to emergency calls, or we may only have a limited number of deputies on duty.