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Renewing Protective Orders: Keeping Predators at Bay

March 2018 Bar Bulletin

By Amy Kahler

Protective orders expire, even when the underlying threats do not. Washington has various types of protection orders: domestic violence orders for protection, restraining orders, no-contact orders, and civil anti harassment orders.

Depending on the circumstances, a temporary order can be issued on an emergency basis and is effective for a period of 14 days until a respondent has a chance to be heard in front of a judge. At that time, a protective order can be issued for a specified length of time; it can be as short as one year or up to a lifetime in extreme circumstances. An expiration is built...

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