Can I voluntarily dismiss an injunction?

Most people want to know if an injunction can be dropped or voluntarily dismissed. The short answer is yes, it can. It will depend on where you are in the process, however.

If you want to get an injunction dismissed, there are several ways you can do that. These are the easiest ways to get an injunction dismissed:
1. File a notice of voluntary dismissal.
2. Do not proceed with the final injunction hearing.

If you are the petitioner and you obtained a temporary injunction against someone, you have the right to dismiss it. You should remember that you are in control here. If you are asking the court to do something and you change your mind, you can do that. Just go in and tell the court that you want it dismissed. If you simply do not show up to a hearing while you are still trying to get it, the court will also just dismiss it.

You can kind of look at it like filing to get married. You can do all the paperwork and set an appointment for the ceremony at the courthouse. If you don’t show up, you don’t get married. The court will not marry you unless you come to court. Same principle with an injunction. You can apply for one, receive a court date for a hearing, but if you (the petitioner) do not show up, the court will simply not give it to you.

You will not get in trouble for dismissing an injunction.

You will not get in trouble for not showing up for an injunction hearing (if you are the petitioner).

You will not get fined and the court will take no action against you.

If you are the petitioner, there are no negative consequences for dismissing the injunction or failing to show up for the hearing.


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