How does the PFA Process work?
  • An Emergency Order can be issued by a Magisterial District Judge after 4:30 p.m. on a business day or when the Court of Common Pleas is closed. You can also file report to your local Police Department to file for an Emergency Order. An Emergency order is in effect until the end of the next business day of the Court of Common Pleas. You must report to the Court of Common Pleas to have a temporary order issued.
  • A Temporary Order stays in effect until the hearing for the permanent PFA is held. You can report directly to the Court of Common Pleas during business hours to file for a temporary order.
  • The hearing date is scheduled when you receive the temporary PFA. A Permanent Order may be issued as a result of the hearing. The Permanent Order is issued for up to thirty-six (36) months.

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1. What is a PFA?
2. What is abuse under the PFA Act?
3. Who can get a PFA?
4. What can a PFA prohibit?
5. How does the PFA Process work?
6. Where do I call or go for assistance to obtain a PFA?
7. What are the steps to get a Final PFA Order?
8. What is an indirect criminal contempt?
9. If a violation occurs, what should be done?
10. What other resources are available to assist with the PFA process and counseling in domestic abuse situations?