Judges & Courts

When Systems Intersect Implications for Battered Mothers – Avion & Belgum-Gabbert – 2013
Criminal Court, Custody Court and Child Protection look at domestic violence differently and practitioners in each have particular messages they give to victims.  The vastly differing “culture” of these systems led UK researcher Marianne Hester to call them “Three Planets”.  On the Criminal Court system, domestic violence is a crime and the central issue.  But the same domestic assault victim is treated differently on the Child Protection and the Custody Court systems.  Criminal cases might arise long before battered mothers consider separation but decisions these victims make can have significant consequences for custody months or years later.  This webinar will explore some of the different cultures in each system and focus on the current beliefs guiding decision making in Custody Court. Awareness and anticipation of these beliefs can help prepare battered mothers for what they might find on the system that determines custody.

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Final Report of the Domestic Violence Practice and Procedure Task Force – Judicial Council of California – 2008
Created by the Judicial Council of California in January of 2008, this document details recommended guidelines and practices for improving the administration of justice in domestic violence cases. It includes information regarding court leadership, the Domestic Violence Prevention Act, restraining orders, firearms relinquishment, access to and entry of orders into the Domestic Violence Restraining Order System (DVROS) and California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS), and domestic violence criminal procedures.


The Role of Judges and Courts in a Family Justice Center – Alliance – 2008
Created by the Alliance in December of 2008, this document outlines the roles of judges and courts in the FJC Model. The document explores the latter roles in correlation to advocacy and support related to effective and timely administration of justice, participation in the planning processes for Centers to facilitate coordinated services, the development of remote access to court for protection orders and related hearings, and referrals of petitioners to Family Justice Centers for advocacy and support.