Courthouse Facility Dogs Improving the Legal System

Courthouse Facility Dogs Improving the Legal System

Professionally trained courthouse facility dogs are working throughout the country in prosecutor’s offices, child advocacy centers, and family courts to assist crime victims and other individuals while they participate in stressful legal proceedings. As legally neutral companions for witnesses during the investigation and prosecution of crimes, the dogs have a dramatic impact on the ability and willingness of the most vulnerable witnesses to describe what happened. The dogs also provide emotional support to all participants in family court proceedings and in treatment courts. This workshop is designed to instruct prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, judges, and victim advocates about best practices in the use of courthouse facility dogs so that these dogs can enhance the services that we offer to clients without raising any legal issues in the courtroom.

12/5/2016 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
State Bar Center 5121 Masthead NE Albuquerque, NM 87109

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Ellen O'Neill-Stephens, Celeste Walsen, Carrie Baumann Cloutier

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