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Civil Court

Court Forms:

To access court forms (including forms for divorce, child custody, child support, name change, and landlord/tenant), please visit the Court Assistance Office.

Case Status

To look up the status of a court case, you can visit

ICourt Portal

Civil Protection Orders

What is a Civil Protection Order?

A protection order is a written court document that prohibits violence from the abuser. The purpose of a Civil Protection Order is to protect the victims of domestic violence. Once the Judge signs the protection order and both the victim and the respondent are served with notice of the order, it is against the law to violate any of the terms of the order.

Who is eligible for a Civil Protection Order?

In order to be eligible for a protection order, the petitioner (person requesting the protection order) and the respondent (person against whom the protection order is requested) must have a domestic relationship. A domestic relationship includes the following:

  • Spouse or former spouse
  • Living together or previously lived together
  • Child in common
  • Parent
  • Related by blood, adoption, or marriage
  • Are dating or were previously dating

How do I obtain a Civil Protection Order?

  • A protection order may be obtained at no cost and without an attorney.
  • A petition (application) form is available from the Court Clerk located at the Nez Perce County Courthouse, 1230 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Lewiston, Idaho.

Is help available for completing an application for a Civil Protection Order?

If you need help completing an application for a protection order, you can contact the following:

  • YWCA, 208-743-1535, 300 Main Street, Lewiston, Idaho
  • Nez Perce County Court Assistance Office, 208-799-3191, 1230 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Lewiston, Idaho
  • Idaho Domestic Violence Legal Hotline, 877-500-2980
  • Idaho State Domestic Violence 24 Hour Hotline (Crisis Line), 800-669-3176
  • Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, 888-293-6118

Where can I get more information regarding Civil Protection Orders?

  • Information on Civil Protection Orders can be found in the video developed by the Idaho Supreme Court entitled "The Idaho Court System: Domestic Violence" which can be viewed by clicking here.
  • Detailed information can also be found in the following brochure:
  • You can also find brochures and information by visiting the Idaho Supreme Court website by clicking here.

How do I modify, renew, dismiss, or terminate a Civil Protection Order?

Forms for modifying, renewing, dismissing, or terminating a protection order are available through the Idaho Supreme Court by clicking here.

What is the difference between a No Contact Order, a Civil Protection Order, and a Restraining Order?

Please read the brochure entitled "Protection Orders, Criminal No Contact Orders, Restraining Orders; Definitions, Descriptions & Differences" which can be found by clicking here.

Filing Fees

List of Frequently Used Filing Fees (Effective July 1, 2014)

  • Divorce: $207
  • Custody: $166
  • Modification of Custody/Child Support: $154
  • Name Change: $166
  • Unlawful Detainer (Eviction): $166
  • Small Claims: $69
  • Answer: $136

Complete List of Filing Fees

For a complete list of filing fees, please visit the Idaho Supreme Court website.

Is it possible to have the filing fee waived?

You may file paperwork asking the Judge to waive the filing fee. Forms for requesting a filing fee are as follows:

Frequently Asked Questions

I was served with a Complaint and Summons. What happens now?

You have 20 days from the date you were served with the Complaint and the Summons to appear in the case. You can appear in the case by filing an Answer or a Notice of Appearance with the Court. These forms are available here under the section entitled "Responding to a Civil Case". If you do not appear within 20 days, then the plaintiff can take "default" against you. Default means that the plaintiff can ask the Judge to enter a judgment/order against you for the relief requested in the Complaint without any further notice to you. If you need further information about responding to a Complaint and Summons, please contact the Court Assistance Office.

How do I file for divorce?

Idaho Code Section 32-701 requires that the plaintiff in a divorce case be a resident of the State of Idaho for six (6) weeks preceding the commencement of the action. Forms for filing for divorce are available through the Idaho Supreme Court by clicking here. For questions about these forms, please contact the Court Assistance Office.

How do I file for child custody?

Idaho Code Section 32-11-101 et seq. requires that a child live in Idaho for at least six (6) consecutive months before filing the Complaint for custody. If the child is under 6 months of age, then the child must have resided in Idaho for his/her entire life. Forms are available for filing for custody from the Idaho Supreme Court by clicking here. Please note that the Idaho Supreme Court does not have forms available for temporary or emergency custody. For help completing the forms available from the Idaho Supreme Court or for help with questions regarding court procedures, please contact the Court Assistance Office.

How do I change custody or child support?

In order to file for a modification (change) in custody or child support, there needs to be a substantial and material change in circumstances of the parties since the date of the last order/decree. Forms for modifying custody or child support are available through the Idaho Supreme Court by clicking here. For help completing these forms and any other procedural questions, please contact the Court Assistance Office.

How do I calculate child support?

For help calculating child support, please contact the Court Assistance Office.

How do I find an attorney?

  • For information on finding an attorney, please read the brochure "What if I Need a Lawyer? How do I Find a Good One?" which can be found by clicking here.
  • You can contact the Idaho State Bar Lawyer Referral Service at 208-334-4500 for a referral to an attorney in your area.

Do you have a question we haven't answered?

Email: Court Assistance

Clerk

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Patty Weeks

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Clerk/Auditor/Recorder

Office Location
Courthouse, 1st Floor
1230 Main Street
Lewiston, ID 83501

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 896
Lewiston, ID 83501

Office Hours
Monday-Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Phone: 208-799-3020
Fax: 208-799-3070

District Court

Office Location
Courthouse, 2nd Floor
1230 Main Street
Lewiston, ID 83501

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 896
Lewiston, ID 83501

Office Hours
Monday-Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Phone: 208-799-3040
Court Fax: 208-799-3058

Judges' Secretary:
208-799-3057
Magistrate Fax:
208-799-3192

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