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Legal Questions – Order of Protection Hearings

Can you present a declaration at an order of protection hearing or does the witness have to be there in person?

It may depend on the jurisdiction. 

In Whatcom County you can file a declaration from a witness and it will be considered by the commissioner. However, the commissioner may have doubts, concerns, or questions about the testimony provided in the declaration. 

It would be safer to have the witness appear at the hearing.

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