New Jersey Restraining Orders Not Meant to Enforce "Proper Manners"


Getting a restraining order for harassment is not the slam dunk that you may think.


Recently, New Jersey's Appellate Division canceled a restraining order that was previously issued against a woman who called a man a narcissist, a "dick," and threatened to circulate workplace bullying literature to the man's coworkers.


In its opinion, the Appellate Division stated that New Jersey's Harassment Statute was never intended to protect against the "common stresses, shocks, and insults of life that come from exposure to crude remarks and offensive expressions, teasing, and rumor-mongering, and general inappropriate behavior," nor was the purpose of the Harassment Statute to enforce a code of civil behavior or proper manners.


See L.B. v. J.P.


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