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17th Circuit Court

Personal Protection Orders Department

180 Ottawa NW, Suite 3500
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 632-5071

The Personal Protection Office assists victims of domestic violence and victims of stalking in obtaining personal protection orders, assists the petitioning party with processing extensions, violations and assists restrained parties with the processing of making objections. In 2012, the Circuit Court processed 1,900 Petitions for Personal Protection Order.

The PPO Office will assist in making the filing process go as smoothly as possible. Please remember that you have initiated your own lawsuit, you are representing yourself in this action. The PPO staff are not attorneys, investigators, enforcers or process servers.

Criteria For PPO

The petitioner and respondent:

MCLA 750.411(h)
Sec. 411h. (1) As used in this section:

(a) "Course of conduct" means a pattern of conduct composed of a series of 2 or more separate noncontinuous acts evidencing a continuity of purpose.
(d) "Stalking" means a willful course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another individual that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested, and that actually causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed or molested.

Statutory Requirements

Forms Available

This office makes available the proper personal protection forms, provides direction for completing and filing those forms, and offers information on local sources that deal with domestic violence. The initial paperwork (the instruction sheet, petition and affidavit) can be downloaded Courts & Law Enforcement, 17th Circuit Court, Forms, documents section.

Other Requirements


General walk-in office hours Monday-Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Client interviews from 9:00am to 2:30pm.

PPO Expiration Date

Your PPO is only in effect up to the expiration date. This is located near the bottom right of the order in RED. IF you need to extend your order, you must come in to this office approximately three weeks before the expiration date, or call (616) 632-5071 to request the paperwork to extend. Extensions may be requested for another 6 months, 1-year, or 5-years, the Judge has the final say as to how long an extension will be granted for.

Enforcement Of Order

If a violation occurs, do not call the PPO office -- call the police. A police report is helpful, but not required to pursue a violation of the respondent through the courts. If no arrest is made and you wish to pursue the violation, contact the PPO Office for paperwork to schedule a hearing. Please note that only the Judge may change the conditions of or dismiss the PPO.

Change Of Address

Keep the PPO office updated on any address or phone number changes for the duration of the order.


Language Interpreters are not located in the courthouse.  Please bring a friend or relative to assist in this need. If you are unable to bring someone with you to interpret, you may contact Accurate Interpreter Service at (616) 460-3126 to arrange for an interpreter to meet you at our office. Or you may leave the PPO office a message requesting a language interpreter, remember the message must be in English. Interviews are between 9:00am and 2:30pm, Monday thru Friday, the courts are closed for major holidays.

ADA Assistance - If you require assistance due to disabilities under the ADA, please contact the PPO Office prior to coming in so arrangements can be made if necessary.

The processing of the PPO generally takes 24 to 48 hours. In most cases, the petitioner may expect to return the next business day to pick up the signed order. If the order is not signed, the petitioner will be informed of the reasons for denial.

The jurisdiction for PPOs fall under the Family Division of the Circuit Court.

What to Expect

The following is what happens when you come to the Personal Protection Office to file for a Personal Protection Order:

Contact Us

Kent County Courthouse

Kent County Courthouse

180 Ottawa Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 632-5220

(616) 632-5130

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

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