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60-3105. Emergency relief. (a) When the court is unavailable, a verified petition, accompanied by a proposed order, may be presented to any judge of the district court. The judge may grant relief in accordance with K.S.A. 60-3107(a)(1), (2), (4) or (5), and amendments thereto, or any combination thereof, if the judge deems it necessary to protect the plaintiff or minor child or children from abuse. An emergency order pursuant to this subsection may be granted ex parte. Immediate and present danger of abuse to the plaintiff or minor child or children shall constitute good cause for the entry of the emergency order.

(b) An emergency order issued under subsection (a) shall expire on 5:00 p.m. on the first day when the court resumes court business. At that time, the plaintiff may seek a temporary order from the court.

(c) The judge shall note on the petition and any order granted, including any documentation in support thereof, the filing date, together with the judge's signature, and shall deliver them to the clerk of the court on the next day of the resumption of business of the court.

History: L. 1979, ch. 92, § 5; L. 1980, ch. 177, § 4; L. 1986, ch. 115, § 97; L. 1987, ch. 228, § 4; L. 1996, ch. 208, § 7; L. 1998, ch. 94, § 3; L. 2018, ch. 110, § 3; July 1.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"Ex Parte Domestic Violence Orders of Protection: How Easing Access to Judicial Process Has Eased the Possibility for Abuse of the Process," David H. Taylor, Maria V. Stoikov and Daniel J. Greco, 18 Kan. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y, No. 1, 83 (2008).

CASE ANNOTATIONS

1. Protection from stalking act construed liberally to protect victims; preponderance of evidence applies. Wentland v. Uhlarik, 37 K.A.2d 734, 736, 738, 159 P.3d 1035 (2007).

2. Consent of victim is not a defense to crime of violating a protective order. State v. Branson, 38 K.A.2d 484 (2007).


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