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26.52.020  <<  26.52.030 >>   26.52.040

RCW 26.52.030

Foreign protection orders — Filing — Assistance.

(1) A person entitled to protection who has a valid foreign protection order may file that order by presenting a certified, authenticated, or exemplified copy of the foreign protection order to a clerk of the court of a Washington court in which the person entitled to protection resides or to a clerk of the court of a Washington court where the person entitled to protection believes enforcement may be necessary. Any out-of-state department, agency, or court responsible for maintaining protection order records, may by facsimile or electronic transmission send a reproduction of the foreign protection order to the clerk of the court of Washington as long as it contains a facsimile or digital signature by any person authorized to make such transmission.

     (2) Filing of a foreign protection order with a court and entry of the foreign protection order into any computer-based criminal intelligence information system available in this state used by law enforcement agencies to list outstanding warrants are not prerequisites for enforcement of the foreign protection order.

     (3) The court shall accept the filing of a foreign protection order without a fee or cost.

     (4) The clerk of the court shall provide information to a person entitled to protection of the availability of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and other services to victims in the community where the court is located and in the state.

     (5) The clerk of the court shall assist the person entitled to protection in completing an information form that must include, but need not be limited to, the following:

     (a) The name of the person entitled to protection and any other protected parties;

     (b) The name and address of the person who is subject to the restraint provisions of the foreign protection order;

     (c) The date the foreign protection order was entered;

     (d) The date the foreign protection order expires;

     (e) The relief granted under . . . . . . . . . . (specify the relief awarded and citations thereto, and designate which of the violations are arrestable offenses);

     (f) The judicial district and contact information for court administration for the court in which the foreign protection order was entered;

     (g) The social security number, date of birth, and description of the person subject to the restraint provisions of the foreign protection order;

     (h) Whether the person who is subject to the restraint provisions of the foreign protection order is believed to be armed and dangerous;

     (i) Whether the person who is subject to the restraint provisions of the foreign protection order was served with the order, and if so, the method used to serve the order;

     (j) The type and location of any other legal proceedings between the person who is subject to the restraint provisions and the person entitled to protection.

     An inability to answer any of the above questions does not preclude the filing or enforcement of a foreign protection order.

     (6) The clerk of the court shall provide the person entitled to protection with a copy bearing proof of filing with the court.

     (7) Any assistance provided by the clerk under this section does not constitute the practice of law. The clerk is not liable for any incomplete or incorrect information that he or she is provided.

[1999 c 184 § 5.]