Restraining Orders: The Serious Truth Behind the Law
Like most laws, the Restraining Order statute was passed in response to a real need. In 1978, the number of people who felt threatened or deliberately harassed enough to call the police was growing at such alarming rates that law enforcement claimed it was overwhelmed. Something had to be done!
So the Legislature passed § 527.6 of the California Code of Civil Procedure to protect people from harassment of all sorts: physical, verbal, telephonic, and written. Today, some 36 years later, the law has expanded to include harassment via fax, email, texting, and even posting on Facebook or Twitter.