In-Person Customer Service Closed

Effective Monday, April 6, 2020 |  Superior Court Clerk's Office Public counters are closed.

The Clerk's Office continues to provide online, phone and mail-in filing services Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. excluding holidays. Clerk modified services are detailed  here.

ATTENTION! 

Due to COVID-19 and emergency orders currently in place
ALL PROTECTION ORDER PETITIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY.
Self-Service Protection Order packets are available below.  Click on the type of protection order you are seeking, then click on the link to that packet and follow the instructions included.

Email completed documents to protection.orders@snoco.org
or Fax to 425-388-3127 
Please be sure to read the instruction page in the packet and the requirements for electronic submission.  Documents will not be accepted for filing that do not follow the requirements listed within the instructions. 


If it is impossible for you to submit a petition electronically, you may call our office for assistance.  However, due to limited staffing you will experience long wait times.  Petitions received after 10:30 AM will be reviewed, processed and submitted to the judicial officer the following court day. 

Protection Orders

Anti-harassment/Stalking, Domestic Violence, Extreme Risk, Sexual Assault, and Vulnerable Adult

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, exploitative 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 different types of protection 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.


What Type of Protection Order Should I File?

Use this flowchart to help determine what kind of protection order you need.

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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.

  1. Antiharassment Stalking
  2. Domestic Violence
  3. Extreme Risk
  4. Sexual Assault
  5. Vulnerable Adult
  6. Other Orders

Antiharassment Protection Order (RCW 10.14)

MOST ANTIHARASSMENT CASES ARE FILED AT THE DISTRICT COURT LEVEL.  Please visit the District Court website for further information here.

Only certain antiharassment protection orders can be filed at Snohomish County Superior Court Clerk's Office.  Most antiharassment cases are filed at the District Court level.  Please read the flowchart below to help you understand where your case should be filed.  


Please click on the flowchart below to help you understand where your antiharassment case should be filed.  

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A petition can be filed by:

  • An adult who is a victim of unlawful harassment.
  • Parents, on behalf of their child:
    • Against an adult whose behavior is detrimental to the child.
    • Against a minor who is under investigation or has been adjudicated of an offense against the child.

"Unlawful Harassment" means:
A 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.

Forms: (cannot be filed double sided)

File a Protection Order: 

Declaration/Response: (use to file related documents such as police reports, medical records, text messages, witness statements, etc., or to respond to a protection order filed against you.)

Renew a Protection Order:

Modify/Terminate a Protection Order:

DURING THE CURRENT PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS AND DUE TO EMERGENCY ORDERS IN PLACE, ALL PETITIONS FOR PROTECTION ORDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY. This can be done by email (protection.orders@snoco.org) or by fax (425-388-3127). Scanning applications are available to download on smart phones which allow you to scan your documents and send them to us by email.