Allows for an extreme risk protection order to be brought against a respondent under the age of 18 and would allow a juvenile court to hear proceedings.
Clarifies language regarding access to firearms and mandates confidentiality.
Updated on 4.12.19:
- Terminology in the chapter for extreme risk protection orders is updated, replacing references to mental health and chemical dependency with behavioral health and replacing references to mental health issues or crisis with language focusing on the person’s behavior, for example, threatening behavior or behaviors that present an imminent risk of harm to self or others.
- A statutory reference is added to clarify that potential criminal prosecution if a prohibited person were to gain access to a firearm is as provided in RCW 9.41.360.
- Provisions declaring court records related to ERPO proceedings for a juvenile to be confidential and the requirement that the court administratively seal the records on the juvenile's eighteenth birthday or upon termination of the ERPO are removed.
- Instead, a juvenile may petition the court to seal the court records relating to an ERPO proceeding from the public at the time the order is entered or anytime thereafter.
- The Administrative Office of the Courts must create standard forms and an informational brochure relating to an ERPO when the respondent is under the age of eighteen.
House Committee Amendments (updated on 4.10.19):
- A petition for an extreme risk protection order (ERPO) may be brought against a respondent who is under the age of 18.
- The appointment of a guardian or guardian ad litem is not required if the respondent is 16 years of age or older.
- An ERPO prohibits a respondent from accessing a firearm.
- An ERPO entered against a person under the age of 18 must be entered into and maintained in computer-based systems as required for any other ERPO.
- The Administrative Office of the Courts must develop a standard petition and form for an ERPO sought against a respondent under the age of 18, pattern forms to assist a person in sealing records related to an ERPO sought against a respondent under the age of 18, and an informational brochure related to such an order.
- Language referencing mental health and chemical dependency is replaced with behavioral health.
Terminology referencing dangerous mental health crisis evidence of a person posing a significant danger is removed and replaced with language pertaining to behaviors that are threatening or presenting an imminent threat of harm to self or others.