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Can be obtained in District Court. Person files a petition which involves filling out paperwork. After reviewing your petition, the court may grant or deny a temporary emergency order effective up to 14 days. The other party is served with the petition, notice of hearing and temporary order. A hearing is held within 14 days at which time the court may deny or grant an order effective for up to one year.
Note: if the respondent is a minor, then the petition needs to be filed in Superior Court.
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Per the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 10.14, an Anti-Harassment Order may be obtained by persons who are seriously alarmed, annoyed, or harassed by conduct which serves no legitimate or lawful purpose. The person does not need to have a relationship with the person harassing them.
Prohibit harassment and contact of any kind. Restrain party from coming within a specific distance from petitioner’s residence, workplace, school, etc.
The filing fee is $41 in District Court and $110 in Superior Court, but may be waived.
The violator may be arrested. Possible criminal or contempt charges.