Civil Protection Orders

Washington State law allows for a person to file a civil case in court asking a judge to grant an order to protect them from another person whose behavior is abusive, threatening, exploitive or seriously alarming. The primary purpose of most is to order the "respondent" to not contact or harm the "petitioner." Unlike other protection orders, an Extreme Risk Protection Order does not provide protection to the petitioner. Its primary purpose is to order the respondent to surrender weapons.

State law establishes who can seek them, who they can protect, who they can restrain, the types of protections and relief they offer, when and where court hearings are conducted, what costs may be incurred, etc.

Protection orders do not cover everyone’s needs; there may be other legal remedies that are appropriate.

A Protection Order packet is available on the second floor of the Courthouse and in the Clerk’s Office, or you can visit Washington Court Forms, or on this web page:

Starting a Portection Order:

Law Enforcement and Confidential Information
Petition for Protection Order
Protection Order
Temporary Protection Order and Hearing

Reissuing/Modifying or Terminating a Protection Order:

Order Modifying or Terminating Protection Order
Reissuance of Temporary Protection Order

Upon request, the Clerk’s Office can provide civil protection order forms or any instructions found on: Washington Court Forms

You can submit your paperwork in our office in person, via fax, or electronically (see our Electronic filing tab for more information). Please call the Clerk’s Office for any further questions (509) 962-7531, Option 8.