In the State of Arizona, a person can go to any court which includes Superior, City and Justice Courts, to file an Order of Protection. Every court procedure is a bit different, but most are relatively the same. The judge has a lot of discretion in these types of cases. Most Petitions for a Protective Order are granted without much proof from the petitioning party. Most judges would rather be safe than sorry. If something were to happen to the Petitioner by the Defendant, after denying a Petition, it could cause unwanted consequences to the Judge’s career. The Petitioner only needs to convey to the Judge their version of events which contain one to three examples of harassment that have occurred within the past year. The Defendant is not consulted unless the Judge set the Petition for a hearing. Although this hearing is rare, it would allow a Defendant to explain their version of events and provide defenses. The judge would then grant or deny the Order of Protection Petition. The more-likely result from the initial petition, is that the judge signs off on the order, knowing that the Defendant can exercise their right to a hearing objecting to the Order.