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Protection Orders

Disclaimer:  The information on this web page is provided as a service and a convenience by the King County Superior Court Clerk's Office.  It is not intended as legal advice to any person.

The Self-Service Protection Order Forms are available below. No email submissions for Protection Orders will be accepted.

Steps to help you identify which order to file and how to file it with the King County Superior Court Clerk's Office:

 

Step One:

Use this flowchart to help you determine what forms you must fill out:

 

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Step Two:

After identifying which forms to fill out, click the corresponding protection order type from the section below.

Step Three

 

Fill out the forms completely, including your full name and telephone number.  Each of the different protection order types includes an instruction sheet; please follow the instructions included.

Step Four:
Once you have filled out your documents, please visit us virtually or in person to file your protection order petition.

 

If you are filing an antiharassment petition without a fee waiver, we cannot accept payments virtually or over the phone. Customers can visit us in person to file the antiharassment petition to make the required payment. 

 

Virtual Office Hours
Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (closed 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.)

Please note: Once you log in to our virtual office, you will be placed in a waiting room until a customer representative allows you into the office.  If you exit the waiting room while waiting for the customer service staff to let you in, you will lose your place in line.

The virtual office is managed through Zoom. For Zoom system requirements, please visit their website.

For helpful instructions on how to join the virtual office via computer or mobile device, click HERE

 

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Important message for our virtual customers

All virtual customers who want their protection order case heard by the Court on the same day are required to have all of the following completed no later than 3:10 p.m.

  1. Accurately complete all require protection order documents; and
  2. Have the documents reviewed by the Clerk for accuracy and completeness; and 
  3. Submit the completed forms to the link provided by the Clerk.

All customers seeking assistance with protection orders that could not complete the above steps by 3:10 p.m., and have documentation that needs to be completed or reviewed, will be asked to visit the Clerk the next business day.

Please feel free to chat with us for other customer-service-related questions. Click here.

 

Types of Ex-Parte Protection Orders

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.
  • Seek assistance from King County Protection Order Advocacy Program: protectionorder.org, Seattle 206-477-1103 or Kent 206-477-3758
  • Contact an attorney for legal advice: King County Bar Association, www.kcba.org
  • Seek assistance from: King County Protection Order Advocacy Program: protectionorder.org - Seattle 206-477-1103 or Kent 206-477-3758.
  • Contact an attorney for legal advice: King County Bar Association www.kcba.org

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.

  • Seek assistance from: King County Protection Order Advocacy Program: protectionorder.org - Seattle 206-477-1103 or Kent 206-477-3758.
  • Contact an attorney for legal advice: King County Bar Association www.kcba.org
Other types of orders

The vast majority of people come to the Clerk 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 the crime.  For information about obtaining or terminating a criminal “no-contact” order, contact the King County Prosecuting Attorney.    

Restraining orders: Requested by the parties as part of an existing domestic cases such as a divorce or a case to determine paternity, custody, child support or visitation.  To read about restraining orders, visit: www.washingtonlawhelp.org/WA and kcll.org/forms/protection-orders. To download domestic restraining order forms, visit Washington Pattern Forms: www.courts.wa.gov/forms

DV Protection Order Advocacy Program

KCPOAP
Learn important information about the protection order process. You are not alone, help is available!
Seattle (206) 477-1103
Kent (206) 477-3758

http://protectionorder.org/

KC Jail Inmate Custody Status Notification Service

A free automated service that lets victims and other concerned citizens register to receive custody status notifications. Learn more.

toll-free: 1-877-425-8463       (TYY: 1-866-847-1298) VINELink

To contact the Clerk's Office: 206-296-9300 or email us.