Washington State law defines harassment as a situation where an individual is seriously alarmed, annoyed, or harassed by conduct from another person which serves no legitimate or lawful purpose. An individual may request an order of protection that may prohibit harassment, contact and restrain the person from coming within a specific distance of your workplace, school, or residence. State law requires that you show a pattern of actions against you by the other person, not just one incident.
You must file the petition for an anti-harassment order at the Criminal Division, Pierce County District Court, 930 Tacoma Avenue South, Room 601, Tacoma. Anti-Harassment Petitions are processed daily between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Lakewood Municipal Court does not issue Anti-Harassment Orders.
You will need to:
- Know the full name and address of the person you claim is harassing you and any other identifying information about the individual such as date of birth, driver's license number, etc.
- Fill out required forms, which will take about one hour.
- Pay a filing fee for an anti-harassment order, which will not be refunded if the petition is not granted by the judge.
- Pay $15 for three certified copies, in addition to the filing fee.
The filing fee and certified copy costs must be paid by cash or credit card. Personal checks are not accepted. In some circumstances the Court will waive the filing fee and costs. If you want the Court to consider a waiver of fees, you must give the Court detailed information about your income and expenses to justify the waiver. A fee waiver is not automatically granted by the judicial officer.