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A Gun Violence Restraining Order is a court order that prohibits someone from having a gun, ammunition, or magazines (ammunition storage and feeding devices).
You can request a Gun Violence Restraining Order if you are concerned someone you know is a threat to themselves or others.
A family member, roommate, employer, teacher, or law enforcement may request a Gun Violence Restraining Order.
There is no fee to request a Gun Violence Restraining Order.
Superior Court of California
County of San Benito
450 Fourth Street
Hollister, CA 95023
(831) 636-4057, telephone hours 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Paperwork can be picked up and filled out at our Self-Help Center. You may also contact an attorney, legal document assistant (formerly known as a paralegal), or Victim Witness to see if they can help you prepare the court papers to request a restraining order.
Call 911 if you are in immediate danger. Consult an attorney if you have questions regarding your legal rights.
Obtain the free packet of gun violence forms from the clerk's office (450 Fourth Street, M-F: 8:30-3:00pm), from our Self Help Center, or online.
The San Benito County Sheriff’s Department will serve restraining order paperwork (note there may be a fee charged depending on the type of restraining order you need served).
2301 Technology Parkway
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone 636-4080 x3
You can also ask someone you know, who is over 18 years old, to serve the papers or hire a private process server (see yellow pages for local process servers). If someone over 18 serves the papers they must complete a proof of service stating the papers were served by them to the restrained party.