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A new Court Watch analysis of all 17,484 final protective order hearings in MD District and Circuit Courts in 2013 shows that although all Maryland courts operate under the same domestic violence laws, courts in Maryland’s 24 counties granted, denied, and dismissed final protective orders at dramatically different rates. Read…
posted under: Staggered exits
Court Watch volunteers at court have recently overheard numerous bailiffs telling domestic violence offenders they could leave the courtroom two, three or five minutes after the victim left. This is a very dangerous practice! Staggered exits of at least 10 minutes are essential to keep victims safe on the way…
Court Watch releases new report: Courts and community putting children of domestic violence victims at risk
Circuit Court Protective Order Practices: In the Best Interests of the Child? Domestic violence is a major challenge for our community. An estimated 93,000 Montgomery County women are likely to be attacked by an intimate partner at some time in their lives. The impact is too often lethal. From mid-2007…
Court failing children of domestic violence?
Four children in one county, dead after unsupervised visits with their fathers — visits moms had warned judges might endanger their children.
An extraordinary new study suggests judges and elected leaders in Montgomery County are doing too little to protect children in homes with a history of domestic violence.
Dozens of volunteers observed hundreds of court hearings and what they found shocked them.
Volunteers from Court Watch Montgomery say they saw constant echoes of the story of the three Castillo children, who were drowned by their father one by one in a bathtub on an unsupervised visit in March, 2008. They also saw echoes of the case of 15 month old Prince Rams, who was also allegedly murdered by his father while he was with him alone in October, 2012.
NBC4 – Group Keeps Watch on Domestic Abuse Cases in Montgomery County
In Montgomery County, Md., 25 people have volunteered to monitor cases in District Court in which victims ask a judge for a protective order restraining an abusive spouse or acquaintance from approaching the victim or threatening violence.
In the past six months, Court Watch Montgomery has monitored 642 cases.
“I’m a former law professor recently retired and I’m a lawyer and I’ve been in courtrooms where judges have their own little fiefdom, and in domestic violence cases, women are victims and they come in again and they’re victimized by some judges,” Court Watch Montgomery volunteer Joyce Batipps said.
Most judges do a good job, volunteers say, but four judges were impatient or rude.
Montgomery Week in Review
Montgomery Week in Review host Don Mooers and the panel discuss the community impact of the Affordable Care Act, affordable housing in Montgomery County, social media and introduction to the work of Court Watch Montgomery. Take a look
Guests : Shu-Ping Chan – US Asia Links, Laurie Duker – Court Watch Montgomery, Henry Hailstock, Montgomery Week in Review, Melpi Jeffries – League of Women Voters of Montgomery County
Montgomery Week in Review airs on Montgomery Channel 21 Thursdays at 12 noon and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 12 noon and Mondays at 1 p.m.
Court Watch Montgomery Works To Protect Victims Of Domestic Violence
An organization working to improve the effectiveness of protective orders against victims of domestic violence in Montgomery County has just released a report with a series of recommendations.
Over the past year, 25 volunteers with Court Watch Montgomery sat through several hundred hearings in circuit court involving domestic violence cases.