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The police are notified of your Antiharassment Order. The order is fully enforceable in any county in the state.
An Antiharassment Order can:
The clerk is not allowed to give legal advice. If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney.
Take your completed form to the clerk who will explain how to file them. A hearing date will be set before a judge or court commissioner. This hearing will be within two weeks.
The respondent must be served with the papers you have filed and with the notice of the hearing. Service is very important and must occur before you can get your one-year Antiharassment Order. The court can order law enforcement to serve the respondent with these papers.
At the Antiharassment Order hearing, the court will decide whether to sign your order and may make some changes. The Order for Antiharassment will generally last for a maximum of one year or maybe longer if necessary.Emergency ProtectionIf you are in immediate danger, you may obtain a "Temporary Order for Antiharassment" prior to your full hearing in two weeks.
Ask for and fill out the forms for a Temporary Antiharassment Order. You will see the judge or court commissioner the same day you file your papers and may need to explain why you need immediate protection, if you have filed the paperwork at a reasonable time. You should not expect to see a judge if you wait until the end of the day to file your paperwork. You must show reasonable proof of unlawful harassment by the respondent and that great or irreparable harm will be the result if the Temporary Antiharassment Protection Order is not granted. The Judge can grant you a Temporary Order which will be served on the respondent, along with the notice of the hearing for the one year Antiharassment Order.
The Temporary Order will expire on the date of the hearing for the one year Antiharassment Order. You must attend the full hearing to extend your Temporary Order for Antiharassment.
If you need to renew your one-year order, you may reapply by filing a new petition within three months before the expiration of your order.
You can find your court date by logging onto the JIS site for Washington courts or call the Burlington Municipal Court at 360-755-0492.
View the requirements on the infraction procedure page.
If you are unable to pay your entire penalty at the time of the hearing, the judge or the clerk will work out a time payment agreement.
This is a contract with the court for installment payments, which you must follow. Read the contract carefully and completely.
Failure to follow the contract can result in late fees, possible suspension of your driver's license and assignment to a collection agency. There will be a $10 charge for infraction time pay agreements.
To make an online payment, click here to access the City of Burlington Municipal Court's third-party payment system.
There is a service fee for processing payment(s) online.
Other payment options:
To make a payment by phone, please call (877) 793-8935 Mon - Fri 8am - 8pm and Sat - Sun 10am - 2pm EST.
There is a service fee for processing payment(s) over the phone. The total charge amount will be displayed prior to submitting the payment.
Once you have submitted your payment, you will receive an email letting you know if your payment has been accepted or rejected. Allow three business days for online payment processing. We cannot ensure that any FTA will be cleared sooner than three days after payment.
Anyone may attend City of Burlington municipal court hearings on the first, third, and fourth Wednesdays of the month.
Hearings are held from 8:30 a.m. with the last proceeding starting at 3:30 p.m.
The most active hearings to watch would be the 9:30 a.m. or the 2:30 p.m. hearings. These hearings can be very interesting and educational to those unfamiliar with court proceedings.
If you have any other questions, you can contact the Burlington Police Department at 360-755-0921, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.