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Plaintiff Peter Michaels and defendant Peggy Turk lived with each other from 2001 to 2006 and had one child together, a son born in 2002. For nearly a decade, they have been litigating over child custody, child support, and various restraining orders. Except for the restraining order at issue here, all of the litigation took place in Orange County. Peggy appealed a domestic violence restraining order issued against her under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act by a commissioner of the Riverside County Superior Court. The order prohibited her appellant from posting negative and harassing communications online about Peter. Appellant argued that the order was void because as a self-represented party, she did not consent to having a commissioner hear the matter. After review, the Court of Appeal agreed and reversed the restraining order.