DuPage Co. offers orders of protection online

June 18, 2008 3:29:58 PM PDT
It will soon become easier and faster for domestic violence victims in DuPage County to get an order of protection. Officials announced a new online tutorial to help victims get the process started on the internet. It can't be done from a home computer, but those applying need to go to a township office where someone who is trained will help with the process. From there it will be electronically relayed to the clerk's office. Eventually, the applicant must go in person to affirm the facts in the filing.

"Now, when someone comes in at 9 o'clock, if they've had access through a computer their petition is 99 percent complete," said Chief Judge Ann Jorgensen, DuPage County. "The piece that's missing is their signature, their swearing under oath. They'll come in, either go to the clerk or state's attorney's office, family shelter, be brought up to court, and a judge could be reviewing it within a half hour or 45 minutes."

Officials say using the online system can be especially helpful to victims who don't live close to the county courthouse in Wheaton and want to get the process going right away.


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