We’ve recently outlined all the new changes stated in the new protection order statute in Washington State here. These changes were effective last July 1, 2022. 

But starting January 1, 2023, there are important reminders you need to be aware of. Learn below.

1. E-submission process – 24/7 for civil protection orders. This makes the submission more convenient, as individuals will be able to electronically submit protection orders 24/7.

2. Notification System – this is a welcome development to those who have submissions as they will now be notified. Anybody who files a protection order, or those who have orders granted, they will now be able to receive notifications of court hearings. Additionally, notifications will be given if a return of service has been completed or filed, and also dates of next court hearings.

3. More new forms

Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) is separate – has its own forms.

a. New combined petition form for civil protection orders. The combined petition can be used for Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Vulnerable Adult, Anti-harassment, and Stalking. Under Antiharassment cases, there will be additional boxes, or subcategories if applicable. The one who files will see boxes and see a short description that outlines what that protection order entails.

This petition is 11 pages long with additional attachments in total.

b. New combined temporary protection order form. Still excluding ERPO. In King County, petitioners must submit a proposed order when submitting their petition for a protection order.

If you have questions about this and may need help navigating through the new statute, or requirement documents when requesting a Civil Protection Order (CPO), Soriano Law LLC is able to help you. Please reach out to us via phone (360-249-6174), social media (Facebook @SorianoLawLLC), or email ron@sorianolawllc.com

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