California’s justice system performs abysmally handling domestic violence cases, says a report by state Attorney General Bill Lockyer quoted by the Associated Press. Among findings: restraining orders are not enforced or served because there is no protocol for doing so, mandatory education for offenders is not carried out, and counties fail to add the names of domestic violence abusers prohibited from possessing firearms to a weapons database.
In some counties, half of all domestic violence restraining orders issued are not served on the abuser, invalidating the order, the report said. Chief Justice Ronald George blamed part of the problem on court employees untrained in the law. Next month, thousands of workers will receive Internet training about restraining orders and the state weapons database. George said the report “will not gather dust.”