Domestic Violence Report Requests Legal Feedback, Legal Aid | Messages
CONCORD — A task force set up to review domestic violence cases in the New Hampshire court system recommends more feedback on judges’ performance and increased legal assistance to protection order requests, some of the many suggestions in a comprehensive report released Tuesday .
The group was formed last year when the Justice Department reviewed the case of a woman allegedly shot by her ex-boyfriend, a month after a judge denied her request for a permanent protection order.
Many of the recommendations are addressed to the judiciary itself, e.g. B. Seeking additional government funding to train and educate staff at all levels of the courts on issues related to domestic violence and recruiting staff to assist in dealing with emergencies in the district courts.
The New Hampshire Supreme Court said Tuesday that it plans to adopt a recommendation immediately — establishing a Domestic Violence Committee that will report directly to the court to oversee implementation of the report’s recommendations adopted by the judiciary became.
“We commit to reviewing the recommendations and providing transparency on the progress of the judiciary,” the court said in a statement.
Other court-related recommendations, supported by the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, which was represented on the task force, include a review of the current court performance review process and a determination of how best to obtain more meaningful data, such as z and efforts to examine and address implicit gender bias towards survivors of domestic violence cases.
“We were grateful for the opportunity to work with stakeholders to create a roadmap for improved accountability and transparency in domestic violence cases in this report,” Lyn Schollett, chief executive of the coalition, said in a statement.
Other recommendations include creating a “flow chart” to help plaintiffs decide whether to apply for a domestic violence protection order or a civilian stalking protection order, and making the forms more easily accessible on the state Department of Justice’s website should.
A final protection order should state “clearly and visibly” the deadline for filing an application for an extension of the order, and information about extending such orders should be included on the Justice Department’s website, brochures and videos, the task force said.
The group also suggested that legal service organizations and law schools explore the possibility of creating a program for law students to help people fill out petitions against domestic violence. She also advocated more programs for attorneys to volunteer to help draft domestic violence petitions and represent plaintiffs, and to allow attorneys to appear remotely during court proceedings.
The task force is chaired by Anna Barbara Hantz Marconi, Deputy Supreme Court Justice.