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Domestic violence court judges serve important roles in our communities. As the front line of justice, they are devoted to the safety and protection of all constituents, including the elderly, Native American citizens, and those with mental illness.
Throughout its history, the ABA Judicial Division and its leaders have focused on the need for judicial education. This legacy of learning continues today through state judicial systems and in the Division.
PART I: The First Felony Domestic Violence Court; PART II: The First Integrated Domestic Violence Court; PART III: The First Mental Health Court
Momentous changes to federal Indian law have occurred rapidly over the past several years in response to a life-threatening crisis. Of note is the special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction (SDVJC), which permits participating tribes to prosecute non-Indian defendants for committing domestic violence.
Courts can implement strategies to respond to elder abuse and domestic violence in later life, address the nature of elders’ needs, and maximize elder safety.
Because domestic violence victims often cease to cooperate, each case must be treated as though the most important witness will never appear in court and all the evidence necessary to prove the case in his or her absence must be gathered up front.
When victims and batterers appear in court, judges have the unique ability to reinforce the seriousness of these laws and send a message that our society does not condone and will not tolerate interpersonal violence.
It takes representation from the court, prosecutor, defense, police, the advocacy community, and others to effect positive changes in the domestic violence arena. It takes only one dedicated person to start the movement.
The late Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer was the second-longest-serving chief justice in Ohio’s history. His commitment to the rule of law and his tireless quest to improve the administration of justice continue to benefit citizens of his beloved state in enduring ways.
After seeing a compilation of 2013’s worst passwords, Judge Herbert Dixon revisits the issue of cybersecurity to remind readers of the importance of creating strong passwords for online accounts to avoid becoming a cyber-victim and suffering financial, data, or privacy losses.
Confronting the complex issues in domestic violence, judges are often forced into challenging roles. When dealing with these matters, they must balance their passion with the necessary impartiality that fairness demands.