File a Protection/Restraining Order
SUBMIT YOUR CIVIL PROTECTION ORDER PETITION ONLINE
Complete your petition online*, here: https://lawhelpinteractive.org/Interview/GenerateInterview/8208/engine
*Make sure to create a username and password to save your work
Petitions MUST be signed to be considered by the court, in order to do so - download your completed documents and open them in a PDF viewer, then add your signature to the Petition and LECIF before saving and submitting to the email address below. If you submit a petition without your signature, it will not be considered until you sign it, whether that is electronically or by coming in person to the Clerk's office.
Email your completed petition to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have filled out a paper petition, you may scan it and email to the address above.
If you are unable to submit a petition electronically, you may:
- Print out the appropriate forms, https://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/resource/petition-for-order-of-protection-forms-and-instructions, complete them and bring them to the Clerks' office between 8:30 - 4:30, M-F
- Complete an electronic petition and save your work by creating a username and password, then come to the Clerks' office to print your petition from your saved profile.
- Call our office at 360-385-9125 for assistance
Civil Protection Orders
Washington State law allows a person (called the Petitioner) to file a civil case in court asking a judge or a commissioner to grant an order to protect them from another person (called the Respondent) whose behavior is abusive, threatening, exploitative, or seriously alarming. Washington State has recently passed House Bill 1320 which updates laws concerning civil protection orders to further enhance and improve their efficacy and accessibility. This law is effective July 1, 2022 and can be found in RCW 7.105.
One petition is now used when filing for a domestic violence protection order, anti-harassment protection order, sexual assault protection order, stalking, and vulnerable adult protection order. A separate form is used for extreme risk protection orders - which are primarily filed by law enforcement but - can be filed by an intimate partner, family or household member. An extreme risk protection order does not protect an individual but rather protects society.
Petitioners choose which type of protection order is most appropriate for them to file. However, protection orders do not cover everyone's needs; there may be other legal remedies that are appropriate.