Defense and Prosecuting Attorney Perceptions of Facility Dogs in the Courtroom
| Contributor(s):: Kristy Melissa Donaldson
Attorneys must obtain evidence for purporting their position on a court case. Many factors are considered when working with witness testimony such as age, development, narrative recall, and retraumatization. Research has detailed the hardship of obtaining evidence during witness testimony and...
Companions for Courage
As a part of the community outreach program of South Lake Animal League, Companions for Courage is 501(3)c non-profit group made up of volunteer teams comprising of a handler and a special Therapy Dog that are there to “help make the sad things seem not so bad”. The volunteers and...
K9th Circuit Program
The need for trauma sensitive courts is being recognized in courts throughout the nation. This need is clearly evident when children become involved in the court system as victims of abuse. To address this need, the Ninth Judicial Circuit established the K9th Circuit Program. The program,...
The Effects of Facility Animals in the Courtroom on Juror Decision-Making
| Contributor(s):: Kayla Burd
Courthouse dogs (sometimes referred to as facility animals) are expertly trained canines which may be used to assist individuals with psychological, emotional, or physical difficulties in a myriad of courtroom situations. While these animals are increasingly used to assist young witness to court,...
Animal Behavior Evidence
| Contributor(s):: Sandra Muckelston
Evidence as to the actions of animals occupies a small niche in the field of criminal evidence. Within the area of animal behavior evidence the major preoccupation has been with problems relating to tracking dogs, particularly bloodhound testimony.' The Montana Supreme...
Court testimony: Animal-assisted trauma-informed play therapy to help traumatized child and adolescent witnesses
| Contributor(s):: Crenshaw, David A., Stella, Lori, Webb, Nancy Boyd
Needs Assessment for Animal-Assisted Interventions: Factors Influencing Implementation of Dogs as Judiciary Aids in Criminal Justice Processes in CPS Cases
| Contributor(s):: MacNamara, Maureen
The study presents findings from a needs assessment exploring the critical features or core elements that bear on professionals regarding the inclusion of dogs as judiciary aides in the investigation and prosecution of child maltreatment cases. Specifically, the objectives of the current needs...
Therapy dogs in the courtroom as advocates for child witnesses: An interpretive phenomenological analysis of judges' opinions, experiences, and rulings
| Contributor(s):: Bradley, Paula
Whales: Their Emerging Right to Life
| Contributor(s):: Anthony D\'Amato, Sudhir K. Chopra
We have contended in this article that the evolution of the opinio juris of nations has encompassed five, and perhaps six, inexorable qualitative stages: free resource, regulation, conservation, protection, preservation and entitlement. We have argued that assigning whales an entitlement to life...
Oct 05 2015
2015 International Courthouse Dogs Conference
4-H PetPALS Juvenile Diversion Program Supports At-Risk Youth and Seniors
| Contributor(s):: Goble, Connie L., Miller, Lucinda B.
The 4-H PetPALS Juvenile Diversion Program provides a partnership opportunity with Extension and the juvenile court system to positively impact lives of at-risk youth. At-risk youth are taught by 4-H PetPALS adult volunteer leaders and 4-H PetPALS members to value and respect the human-animal...
Comfort Only a Canine Companion Can Provide: An Interview with Stephanie Perkins
04 Aug 2015 |
Posted by Katie Carroll
Testifying in court is often nerve-wracking and distressing for people. However, when a child victim is asked to testify about a sexual abuse case, a whole new level of anxiety is present....
The mini-cup jelly court cases: a comparative analysis from a food ethics perspective
| Contributor(s):: Kim, SukShin
This study compares and analyzes separate court rulings in three countries on "mini-cup jelly" (a firm jelly containing konjac and packaged in bite-sized plastic cups) from a food ethics perspective. While the Korean and US courts decided that the mini-cup jelly was defective, and that the...
Vulnerable Victims: Increasing Animal Cruelty Sentences to Reflect Society's Understanding of the Value of Animal Lives
| Contributor(s):: Boyd, Megan E., Lamparello, Adam
Oct 27 2014
Courthouse Dogs Conference
Canines in the Courtroom
| Contributor(s):: Debra S. Hart-Cohen
This article discusses the growing interest in using therapy dogs in courtrooms.
By Helping a Girl Testify at a Rape Trial, a Dog Ignites a Legal Debate
| Contributor(s):: William Glaberson
Rosie, the first judicially approved courtroom dog in New York, strikes up debate over the lagality of having dogs present in the courtroom.
10 Considerations for Adding the Courts to Your Facility
A growing number of jurisdictions across the country are including the use of trained and registeredanimals – such as therapy and “facility” dogs – to offer therapeutic assistance to crime victims. TheNational District Attorneys Association assembled as task force in 2012 to offer recommended...
Florida Courthouse Therapy Dogs
Numerous jurisdictions around the nation are recognizing the value of using animal therapy teams in court proceedings when preparing child witnesses. This website was created to highlight “best practices” from programs around the nation. It will assist court personnel interested in developing...
Roxy Reading Therapy Dogs
Roxy Reading is a donation dependent organization whose certified pet therapy teams promote literacy in schools and offer comfort to area youth navigating the court system.