Civil Standby

A person may file a Motion for Civil Standby with a justice court to allow the petitioner a safe environment to obtain personal belongings from a designated location.  The court will review the motion and may grant an order for a civil standby. 

A civil standby requires a designated law enforcement agency to accompany the petitioner to the designated location to retrieve their personal belongings.  The civil standby is intended to provide a safe environment for the person picking up the property and/or the persons located at the property.  This order will not address the ownership of personal property. 

A civil standby will be completed at the convenience of the law enforcement agency and shall last no more than 20 minutes.  A civil standby cannot be used as an order to pick-up or retrieve a minor child.

Motion for Civil Standby Form