To get a permanent restraining order injunction, you have to show up at a hearing, present your evidence, and let the other person present evidence that contradicts yours. Think Judge Judy, with both sides telling their story, and someone like Herb Dodell deciding which party to believe. You’ll have to present “clear and convincing evidence of a credible threat of violence” demonstrated by “a course of conduct” that has “no legitimate purpose,” a pattern of behavior composed of a series of acts over a period of time, however short, evidencing a “continuity of purpose.”

If you don’t, you won’t get that permanent injunction—at least not in his court. When Herb was presiding over these cases, he expected real evidence and consequences. The law says he has to accept hearsay evidence when making his decision, but it doesn’t say he had to give it any weight, so he gave it the weight it deserved. If he was going to issue a court order telling someone what they could not do or say, he expected you to persuade him that you weren’t just being inconvenienced; you really felt frightened or beleaguered.