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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.

 

Step One:   

Fill out all the required protection order forms completely

Click HERE to fill out your forms online

 

Step Two:   

 

Submit your required documents electronically through the KC Script Portal, or in person at our Kent or Seattle locations.

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Yes, protection order documents may be submitted through our KC Script portal. Click HERE to be directed to the portal.

You may also receive in-person support at any of our locations. Please click here for our location addresses and hours: https://kingcounty.gov/courts/clerk/hours.aspx

Washington Law Help has an online questionnaire that will walk you through filling out the forms. This online tool will create all necessary forms needed for filing a protection order. Please click HERE to be navigated to Washington Law Help.

Advocates are also available at the courthouse that can assist with domestic violence petitions only. The website for the King County Advocates can be found here: http://protectionorder.org/

You may also seek help from an attorney.

If you have a disability and believe you may need an accommodation to fully, and equally participate in a court proceeding or activity, you may request an accommodation. Accommodation requests are granted to any qualified person with a disability for whom an accommodation is reasonable and necessary under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or under Washington State Court General Rule (GR) 33.

A protection order is a civil action and an order can be issued by a judicial officer in the following categories: domestic violence, anti-harassment, sexual assault, vulnerable adult, and extreme risk. No contact orders are issued in criminal actions. Restraining orders are either financial or personal restraints and can be issued through the divorce or child custody process in Domestic or Family Law Cases.

Our office will review your submission on the next business day if you submitted protection order documents outside regular business hours. Please view our office hours and scheduled holidays here:
https://kingcounty.gov/courts/clerk/hours.aspx

Yes, electronic signatures are allowed on all protection order documents.

Once your submissions are filed as a new court case, yes, documents are viewable to the public (excluding the LECIF-Law Enforcement & Confidential Information Sheet) unless you have specifically asked for a qualifying document to be sealed. (Please see the question “What items should I asked to be sealed?)

Any document that lists bank account numbers, social security numbers, medical information from a doctor or hospital should be filed in the court case with a GR 22 coversheet. Please choose either the Sealed Financial Coversheet or the Sealed Personal Health Care Coversheet.

The Clerk’s Office sends documents, per statute, to law enforcement as ordered by the court. Each law enforcement agency has schedules to perform service for protection orders. Please contact the law enforcement agency identified in your order for questions regarding their civil service schedule.

You will receive additional information via email or in your portal account with instructions on your next step.

You may submit a request for an electronic copy of your hearing through our KC Script Portal. Please click HERE to be redirected to the portal.

The fee for the audio recording is $25.00 per case number. (The fee is not exempt.)

If you are the Petitioner, you will receive a copy of all documents filed in your case after your temporary hearing.

If you are the Respondent and you were served electronically, you will receive a copy of all documents in your service packet.

If additional copies are needed outside of the above circumstances, they may be requested through our KC Script portal. (Some fee exemptions may apply.) Please click HERE to be redirected to the portal.

Please click HERE to be directed to instructions regarding how to submit evidence for a full protection order hearing

Please reach out to Clerk’s Office Protection Order Customer Service staff to let them know which translation you need assistance with during your hearing.

Telephone: 206-477-0845 (Seattle), 206-477-3041 (Kent)

You may appear for your hearing either electronically or in person. You will receive further instructions via email and/or in your portal account after your case has been filed

Hearings for temporary protection orders are heard Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., excluding holidays.

If you submit a protection order petition after 2:15 p.m. during office hours, your temporary protection order hearing may be held on the next business day.

ShareFile is only needed if you would like the court to consider an audio or video file during your hearing. Most evidence, in document form, is filed in the court case. Our office receives many requests for ShareFile accounts daily and it can take 24-48 hours for processing.

Additional information regarding submitting evidence for a full protection order hearing can be found here: PO-Submitting-Evidence (kingcounty.gov)

The instructions to file an amended petition can be found here: ______________

Any granted protection order outlines law enforcement action related to any minor children. If your children are listed as protected parties in your protection order, please consult with law enforcement.

Anyone 15 years of age and older can petition on their own behalf. For any other questions, please refer to RCW 7.105.100.

Please see RCW 7.105.500 for information. Forms may be found on the website for the Administrative Office of the courts here: Washington State Courts - Court Forms - Domestic Violence

Please click HERE to be directed to a list of resources.

If there is a concern that browsing history or temporary internet files may put you at risk, please use a private secure tab or use incognito mode while on our website. Most common browsers support private browsing.

To add your signature to your .pdf file, you can use Adobe Acrobat Reader’s Fill and Sign feature. There is also an Adobe Fill and Sign app to download. Many online applications also support signing with Draw by using your mouse or touch screen.

When using Washington Law Help to fill in your protection order forms, there is an option to add an e-signature to your forms.

Yes. If your submission was rejected, please refer to the link in your email to view your submission status. The status will show the reason(s) why your submission was rejected.

Once corrections have been made to your documents, please start a new submission and re-upload all required documents and attachments or declarations, if any.

For additional questions, please reach out to Protection Order Customer Service staff.

Email: DJA.DVPO@kingcounty.gov
Live Chat: https://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/clerk.aspx
Telephone: 206-477-0845 (Seattle), 206-477-3041 (Kent)

Forms, Resources, and Instructions

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/

DV Hopeline:
206-737-0242 or 877-837-0242
DVHopeline.org
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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