What is Unlawful Harassment: Per RCW 10.14.020 "Unlawful Harassment" means a knowing and willful course of conduct directed at a specific person which seriously alarms, annoys, harasses, or is detrimental to such person, and which serves no legitimate or lawful purpose. Personal harassment through repeated invasions of a person's privacy by acts and words showing a pattern of harassment designed to coerce, intimidate or humiliate the victim.
Who May Obtain The Order? Parties over the age of 18 who have no relationship with the person harassing them and children are not involved, should apply for an anti-harassment order through District Court. If the parties are under age 18, or if there is a family law case existing between the parties, the application should be through Superior Court. If there are acts of domestic violence, please review the section under "Protection Order".
How Is An Order Obtained? The party requesting the protection (petitioner) should go to the proper court and fill out a petition. After reviewing your petition, the court may grant or deny a temporary emergency order effective up to 14 days. The other party is served w/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.
What Is The Cost? Filing fee is $63.00 in District Court and $53 in Superior Court, but may be waived if you qualify for indigency.
What Happens If The Order Is Knowingly Violated? Violator may be arrested. Possible criminal or contempt charges may be filed.