Maryland has long seen the benefits of allowing victims of domestic abuse to obtain court orders that prohibit abusers from having contact with their victims. Currently, Maryland recognizes three types of protective orders: interim, temporary and final.
The interim protective order is really a method of last resort. Victims seeking protection from the courts when the court clerk's offices at both the circuit and district courts are closed can still receive an interim effective order in some cases. Typically, a victim will seek out the nearest district court commissioner and appeal to him or her for assistance. However, a personal representative of the victim can also ask for relief.