It is common for a person with a Washington temporary protection order to seek renewal before the order expires. If a victim petitions for renewal, the court must order a hearing. The burden is on the respondent to show by a preponderance of the evidence that he or she will not commit acts of domestic violence against the petitioner or the petitioner’s family or household members if the order ends. If the respondent fails to meet this burden, then the court will grant the renewal.
A Washington appeals court recently reviewed the renewal of a protection order against the petitioner’s brother. The sister sought a temporary protection order against her estranged brother in 2017. She alleged he made threats against her through her mother and other brother. She also alleged he was emotionally unstable and had firearms. The court granted a protection order for one year. During the year, they had some indirect contact through other family members.
The sister petitioned for renewal shortly before the order expired. She alleged her brother threatened to come to her home after the order expired. Both parties testified at the hearing. The evidence included voice mail transcripts and a letter from another brother.