Washington State law allows for any person to file a civil case to ask a judge to grant an order to protect them from another person whose behavior is abusive, threatening, exploitive or seriously alarming. There are six types of protections orders:
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The filing fee is $83, but you may ask to have the fee waived.
HOW DO I GO ABOUT GETTING AN ANTI-HARASSMENT OR PROTECTION ORDER?
Step 1. Complete and file a Petition for an Order for Protection including a law enforcement information sheet. Forms are available:
- Online here. This free program asks simple questions and uses your answers to complete your protection order forms. You can choose English or Spanish forms and instructions, and answer in either language. Once you are finished, you can either print the forms or save as .pdfs to email them;
- From the clerk in person at either district court; or
- By emailing the clerk at email@example.com.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE PETITION IS FILED?
WHAT DO I DO IF I THINK THE ORDER IS BEING VIOLATED?
Call 911 and inform them the respondent has violated the order.
While the order is in effect, either party may file a motion to modify (change) or terminate (end) the protection order or renew an existing protection order. The other party is served with the motion and the notice of hearing. At the hearing, the judge may modify or terminate the order for protection.