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Legal Information: Washington

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
December 3, 2020

Do I need a lawyer to file for a civil anti-harassment order?

No, you do not need a lawyer to file for a civil anti-harassment order.1  However, you may wish to have a lawyer, especially if the abuser has a lawyer and/or if your case is going to go to trial.  If you can, contact a lawyer to make sure that your legal rights are protected.  If you cannot afford a lawyer but want one to help you with your case, you may be able to find information on legal assistance on the WA Finding a Lawyer page.

Note: The judge may order the abuser to reimburse you for the costs of filing the civil anti-harassment order, including reasonable attorney’s fees.2

1 R.C.W. § 10.14.090(1)
2 R.C.W. § 10.14.090(2)

If you are going to be in court without a lawyer, our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section may be useful to you.