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Clark County Superior Court: Your Domestic Violence Protection Order Case during COVID-19

Authored By: Northwest Justice Project LSC Funded

Clark County Superior Court is still accepting requests for Domestic Violence Protection Orders. However, the process has temporarily changed. Read the details here.

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Clark County Superior Court is still accepting requests for Domestic Violence Protection Orders. However, the process has temporarily changed. For up-to-date information, go to www.clark.wa.gov/superior-court.

If you filed a Petition before March 23, 2020:

  • All court hearings prior to May 4, 2020 have been cancelled.

  • If you already have a Temporary Domestic Violence Protection Order, the Court signed a Reissuance Order keeping the Temporary Order in effect and rescheduled the new court hearing to after May 4, 2020.

    • You need to get a copy of the Order from the Clerk's Office and serve it on the opposing party.

  • If you filed a Petition to Renew an Order for Protection, the Court signed a Temporary Extension of the Order and set the new court date to after May 4, 2020.

    • You need to get a copy of the Order from the Clerk's Office and serve it on the opposing party.

  • If you filed a Petition to Modify (change) or Terminate (end) an Order, a judicial officer will review it ex parte (without the other party there). Get a copy of the Court's order from the Clerk's Office.

    • If the Court enters a Notice of Hearing, you must serve it on the opposing party.

If you filed a Petition after March 23, 2020:

  • Submit your Petition and supporting documents to the Clerk's Office for a judge or commissioner to review ex parte. You must submit all documents you want the Court to review at Ex Parte by 11:00 a.m. that day. Otherwise, the court will review your papers the next day. Signed Orders will be available at the Clerk's Office after 3:30 pm on the day the Court reviewed the Petition.

  • The Court will set the Review Hearing for April 28 or later.

  • You need to get a copy of the Order from the Clerk's Office and serve it on the opposing party.

Serving the orders:

Due to COVID-19, the Court will probably mark the box letting you serve the documents to the opposing party by Mail and Certified Mail. You must review the Order carefully. To serve by mail –

  • Have a friend or relative who lives in Washington, is age 18 or over, and is competent do this for you. Have them send one copy by regular mail and one by certified mail to each address listed in the Order Allowing Service by Mail. The envelopes must have a return address on them.

  • Have the person who mailed the documents fill out this Proof of Mailing form. File it at the Clerk's Office.

If the Order does not allow service by Mail, you must personally serve (hand deliver) the documents on the opposing party. For personal service –

  • Someone age 18 or older besides you must hand deliver the papers to the other party, or to someone old enough living at their home.

    • Local law enforcement can serve documents during COVID-19. To serve the opposing party inside Vancouver City limits, contact Vancouver Police. To serve them in unincorporated Clark County, contact the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

  • Have the person who served the papers fill out the Return of Service (WPF DV 4.020) form on this website. File it at the Clerk's Office.

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Last Review and Update: Apr 16, 2020
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