What steps must be taken to obtain an ex parte order?

Persons who have personal knowledge of the behavior of the individual, should give sworn testimony. The individual believed to be suffering from mental illness should be in Citrus County. The petitioner(s) must have observed the behavior and must have talked to the individual about obtaining a voluntary examination within a few days. The Clerk's Office will assist with the necessary paperwork.

Because paperwork must be processed, the petitioners should visit the Clerk's Office well before 5 p.m. The petitioners should bring a valid photo identification of themselves, two witnesses (if possible), and should be prepared to provide a specific address for the individual.

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1. What is a Baker Act proceeding?
2. How are voluntary and involuntary Baker Act admissions different?
3. How is an involuntary Baker Act proceeding initiated?
4. What steps must be taken to obtain an ex parte order?
5. What happens after the order is issued?
6. How long may a person be held under an ex parte Baker Act order?
7. Where can I find more information about the Baker Act?