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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
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.
There are 6 types of protections orders, intended for specific situations. 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.
Two types of protection orders are primarily filed in District Court: Antiharassment and Stalking. A case can be transferred to or filed in Superior court IF:
Petitioners choose which type of protection order is most appropriate for them to pursue. However, protection orders do not cover everyone’s needs; there may be other legal remedies that are appropriate.
A petition can be filed by:
"Unlawful Harassment" means:
knowing and willful course of conduct which seriously alarms, annoys, harasses, or is detrimental to such person, and which serves no legitimate or lawful purpose. The conduct shall be such as would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, and shall actually cause substantial emotional distress to the petitioner, or, when the course of conduct would cause a reasonable parent to fear for the well-being of their child.
"Course of conduct" means:
A pattern of conduct composed of a series of acts over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of purpose.
Download the Protection Order Form from www.courts.wa.gov
A petition can be filed by a person who is a victim of domestic violence or fears violence by a family or household members. This includes:
Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) may petition on behalf and with the consent of a vulnerable adult
A petition can be filed by a law enforcement agency, a law enforcement officer, or a person who is a family or household member of the respondent. Family or household member includes:
The petitioner must show that the respondent poses a significant danger of causing personal injury to self or others in the near future by having in his or her custody or control, purchasing, possessing, or receiving a firearm.
The court can order that the respondent surrender weapons but this type of protection order does not provide any protection for the petitioner.
Costs to petitioner:
*The court may require the participation of a parent or guardian on behalf of a minor. The court will determine if a person has legal standing to file a petition on behalf of another person.
"Sexual Assault" means:
Vulnerable adult" includes:
The vast majority of people come to the Clerk’s Office after an incident where a police officer advised them to go to court to get a "no contact" or "restraining order". No contact and restraining orders can also order a person not to contact or harm someone, but they are not protection orders and are used in different situations.
No-Contact orders: Requested by the prosecuting attorney in a criminal case to protect the victim or witness of a crime.
Restraining orders: Requested by the parties as part of an existing domestic case such as a divorce, paternity, custody, child support or visitation case. If you have questions about obtaining a restraining order, please seek legal advice or contact a legal support agency for assistance.
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.