Protection From Abuse (PFA) | Service of Temporary PFA Order
Police copy: The Plaintiff should immediately deliver one copy
of the PFA Petition and Temporary PFA Order to local police where the Plaintiff
will be residing. Additional copies may be provided to other police departments
(Plaintiff’s work, children’s school, etc.). ANY police department can verify the
existence and terms of a PFA Order 24 hours a day and obtain a copy through the
PA State Police PFA registry.
Defendant’s copy: The Defendant MUST be served a copy of the PFA
Petition and Temporary PFA Order. The Plaintiff should never attempt to personally
serve the defendant; however, it is the Plaintiff’s responsibility to see that the
Defendant is served with a copy a soon as possible. A competent adult may serve the Defendant, but that person CANNOT be a party in the PFA case or a relative or employee of a party in the case. It is best for service to be made by a law enforcement officer. Police assistance should always be requested when the PFA Order
requires the eviction of the defendant from a residence or enforcement of custody
and weapons relief. The Sheriff’s Department, Room 111, Courthouse, 436 Grant
Street, Pittsburgh PA will serve all Defendants in the Allegheny County Jail or
Defendants located outside of Allegheny County, so long as an address is provided.
More information is available in the Children’s Court Manual.