How judges enforce best practices in domestic violence cases

PUBLIC SAFETY | A Montgomery County nonprofit has released an analysis of how District Court judges handle hearings for domestic violence protection orders. The data comes from volunteers from the organization who observed hearings for those seeking protection orders. (Bethesda Beat, 8/2)

The recommended practices are:

  • When victims wish to drop their cases, judges should try to ensure that a victim has not been coerced or intimidated and take a moment to discuss the person’s safety.
  • When victims do drop their cases, judges should encourage petitioners to return to court any time they are in danger from an intimate partner.
  • Judges should tell every respondent receiving an order that violating a protective order can result in imprisonment.
  • Judges should tell every respondent receiving a final protective order that the person must surrender all guns to law enforcement immediately.
  • Judges and bailiffs should implement staggered exits, such as having the respondent wait in the courtroom for a minimum of 15 minutes after the victim’s departure.

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