Court Watch Montgomery is advocating for change and is in the news.  See  also what editorial boards have been saying since 2011 about the progress we are making on behalf of victims.


July 11, 2019.   Why does it take so long to discipline a judge in Maryland? Recent Glen Burnie homicide brings scrutiny. The Baltimore Sun story.

June 19, 2019.   Four-year odyssey for Maryland judge’s fight against a complaint ends in state’s refusal to pay her legal bill. The Baltimore Sun story.


November 15, 2018.  Spotlight on Court Watch Montgomery video. Youth Media with a Focus (The Gandhi Brigade). 2 min., 31 sec.

August 17, 2018.  Young boys allegedly abused by Air Force Colonel now in his sole custody.  The Forbes story.

August 2, 2018.  Judges enforce best practices in domestic violence cases differently, advocates find: Court Watch Montgomery sat in on more than 2,500 protective order hearings to develop report. The Bethesda Beat story.

June 26, 2018. Make a Difference episode. See video.

May 25, 2018. The Safe Passage Center: Helping Families Stay Together. The Sentinel story.

March 7, 2018. On Her Watch: Laurie Duker works to improve how local judges and courts deal with domestic violence cases.
Bethesda Magazine column.

February 27, 2018. If you beat your wife, you lose your gun. That’s how it should be. Washington Post editorial.


Nov. 17, 2017- Lengthy terms, discipline process cloak judges from scrutiny. Baltimore Sun story.

Nov. 2, 2017  Samantha Bee takes on domestic violence & guns on Full Frontal – and uses Court Watch’s “Abusers with Guns” to do it. We’re 3 min, 50 secs in.  “Close the Boyfriend Loophole”.

Sept. 18, 2017 – County prepares to open supervised visitation and children exchange center. Bethesda Beat story.

April 6, 2017 – Advocates for victims of domestic violence urge Council to add funds for child exchange and visitation center. Bethesda Beat story.

April 5, 2017 – Domestic violence and guns don’t mix. Carroll County Times, letter.

March 5, 2017 – Montgomery County must mend the hole in its domestic violence safety net. Washington Post editorial.


August 1, 2016 – Where Montgomery County Courts are getting it right on domestic violence cases. Washington Post editorial.

June 29, 2016 – Local advocates for domestic violence victims report improvement in courtrooms. WTOP news story.

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June 19, 2016 – Maryland is one of the states where a watch-list gun ban failed. Washington Post story.

February 2, 2016 – Local lawmakers push for bill to ensure convicted domestic abusers surrender guns. Bethesda Magazine story.


Dec. 3, 2015 – Montgomery County needs a Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team.

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Dec. 3, 2015 – Judge Debelius speaks out on abusers with guns.

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Nov. 7, 2015 – A first step toward getting guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.
Washington Post editorial.

Nov. 4, 2015 – WJLA TV.  Judges should do more to confiscate guns from convicted offenders.
Watch video.

Nov. 4, 2015 – Capital News Service, Nov. 4, 2015. Court Watch: Nonprofit group calls to keep guns away from domestic violence offenders. Watch video.

Oct. 9, 2015 – Court Watch Montgomery, the watchdog everyone needs. The Sentinel.

May 21, 2015 – Connecting Our Community, episode 83 with Court Watch co-founder Laurie Duker. Watch video.

May 19, 2015 – An extra safety measure for domestic violence victims. Washington Post editorial.


June 4, 2014 – Montgomery judges can do more to protect children from abusive parents. Washington Post editorial.

May 29, 2014 – Courts failing children of domestic violence? WUSA TV. Watch video.

Nov. 13, 2013 – Montgomery county judges polite to threatened women. Washington Post.

June 4, 2012 – Montgomery courts improving safety in domestic violence cases, watchdog says. Washington Post.

Oct. 2, 2011 – Watchdog group critiques Montgomery County judges who issue restraining orders. Washington Post.