Protection Order Unit

All Kansas City hearings will be held at the Albert Riederer Community Justice Complex.

Western Jackson County                                                                                                                                      (Kansas City, Grandview)                                                                                                                                                Kansas City Courthouse                                                                                                                                                3rd Floor- Department of Civil Records                                                                                                             Physical Address: 415 E. 12th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64106                                                                                        Mailing Address: 415 E 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64106                                                                        Phone: 816-881-3974  Email:                                                                                         (Dropbox located at 415 E 12th Street inside doors at the West entrance facing Oak street)

Eastern Jackson County                                                                                                                                             (Blue Springs, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, etc.)                                                                           Independence Courthouse                                                                                                                                         2nd Floor-Department of Civil Records                                                                                                                      308 W Kansas Avenue, Independence, Missouri 64050                                                                                             Phone: 816-881-4555  Email:                                                                                              (Dropbox inside front glass doors)




The clerks in these offices will explain and provide all forms necessary for the presentation of your petition to the court Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Petitions filed in the office before 4:30 p.m. will be presented to the court for review the same day.  Petitions filed after 4:30p.m. will be presented to the court for review the following business day.

You may also submit your completed petitions at the email address provided above.  If you are unsure of what location you may submit your petition to

For assistance with afterhours petitions, please contact your local law enforcement office, hospital or one of the following shelters:

Shelter Referral                                                               (816) HOTLINE

Rose Brooks Center – Kansas City, MO                         (816) 861-6100

NEWHOUSE – Kansas City, Mo                                     (816) 471-5800

Hope House – Independence, Mo                                  (816) 461-4673 (HOPE)

Synergy/Safe Haven – North Kansas City, Mo                (816) 321-7050

**Most programs have free support groups for all women including those not in a shelter.  Please call the hotlines for information on these support groups.                                                                                                   If an attorney, party or witness to any of the proceedings will require an accommodation for a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the ADA Coordinator at 881-3652.


Missouri’s Adult Abuse Act provides protective relief for victims of domestic violence and stalking.  However, to receive an “Order of Protection” under this act, you must initiate a civil lawsuit by filing a petition with the court.  Please refer to the Adult Abuse Booklet. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY!

Alternative Methods of Filing Due to COVID-19 Stay-At-Home Order

The Department of Civil Records is open and available to members of the public who require assistance with their filings.  In order to also provide alternative methods of filing for those practicing social distancing during the Stay-At-Home Order, the Department of Civil Records is temporarily accepting alternative methods for filing documents with the Court.

Litigants without attorneys may file pleadings in one of the following ways.

  • Via fax at one of the following numbers, which are checked between 8:00 am and 5:00pm on business days:
    • Civil Records Kansas City 816-881-3635 or
    • Civil Records Independence 816-881-4410
  • Via email at one of the following email addresses, which are checked between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm on business days:
  • Via Mail or Via Dropbox at one of the addresses listed above.


  • Note: This email is checked between 8:00 am and 5:00pm on business days.  If you are experiencing an emergency, please dial 911.
  • Please note that filings must be no larger than 7MB and must be submitted in PDF format.


For Additional information about filing protection orders you may contact the Protection Order Unit at the following phone numbers:

  • Protection Orders Kansas City          816-881-3974
  • Protection Orders Independence      816-881-4555

Please be aware that we are experiencing periodic high call volume.  We are checking and returning voicemails during this time.