26.55.020  <<  26.55.030 >>   26.55.040

Enforcement of Canadian domestic violence protection order by tribunal. (Effective January 1, 2020.)

(1) A tribunal may issue an order enforcing or refusing to enforce a Canadian domestic violence protection order on application of:
(a) A person authorized by law of this state other than this chapter to seek enforcement of a domestic protection order; or
(b) A respondent.
(2) In a proceeding under subsection (1) of this section, the tribunal shall follow the procedures of this state for enforcement of a domestic protection order. An order entered under this section is limited to the enforcement of the terms of the Canadian domestic violence protection order as defined in RCW 26.55.010.
(3) A Canadian domestic violence protection order is enforceable under this section if:
(a) The order identifies a protected individual and a respondent;
(b) The order is valid and in effect;
(c) The issuing court had jurisdiction over the parties and the subject matter under law applicable in the issuing court; and
(d) The order was issued after:
(i) The respondent was given reasonable notice and had an opportunity to be heard before the court issued the order; or
(ii) In the case of an ex parte order, the respondent was given reasonable notice and had or will have an opportunity to be heard within a reasonable time after the order was issued, in a manner consistent with the right of the respondent to due process.
(4) A Canadian domestic violence protection order valid on its face is prima facie evidence of its enforceability under this section.
(5) A claim that a Canadian domestic violence protection order does not comply with subsection (3) of this section is an affirmative defense in a proceeding seeking enforcement of the order. If the tribunal determines that the order is not enforceable, the tribunal shall issue an order that the Canadian domestic violence protection order is not enforceable under this section and RCW 26.55.020 and may not be registered under RCW 26.55.040.
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