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AB-573 Domestic violence: restraining order Hope Cards.(2019-2020)

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 Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 6390) is added to Part 4 of Division 10 of the Family Code, to read:

CHAPTER  4. Hope Cards
 (a) Each court shall, by no later than July 1, 2021, develop and implement a program for the issuance of domestic violence restraining order Hope Cards.
(b) A Hope Card issued by the court pursuant to this chapter shall be a small paper that contains, without limitation, the following:
(1) The restrained person’s name, date of birth, sex, race, eye color, hair color, height, weight, and other distinguishing features.
(2) The protected person’s name and date of birth and the names and dates of birth of any minor children protected under the order.
(3) Information about the protective order including, but not limited to, the issuing court, the issuing court’s phone number, the case number, the date of issuance and date of expiration of the order, and the relevant details of the order, including any locations from which the person is restrained.
(c) The court shall not charge a fee for the issuance of a Hope Card.
 (a) Commencing on July 1, 2021, a person that has been issued a protective order other than an emergency order pursuant to this part may request a Hope Card from the court at the time the protective order is issued.
(b) A person requesting a Hope Card pursuant to subdivision (a) may request more than one copy of the Hope Card.
 A Hope Card may be used by a peace officer as a basis for detaining a person suspected to be in violation of a protective order. The information on the card shall not be used as a basis for arrest without independent verification of the order.