Dallas Judges to Fast-Track Family Violence Cases; 6-Month Goal Set


Dallas County judges, in a nod to recent attention to domestic violence issues both nationally and locally, will fast-track cases of family violence and those with child victims to help curb future attacks, reports the Dallas Morning News. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but Judge Rick Magnis, who led the speedy-trial move among his colleagues, said he has long wanted to find ways to improve how domestic violence cases are handled.

“We know the older the cases get, the weaker they get and it increases the trauma for the victims,” said Magnis, the presiding judge of the felony courts. “We also know that sometimes these cases are not guiltys.” Magnis said the judges have an “optimistic goal” of moving defendants with a high risk for future family violence through the courts within six months of an indictment. Paige Flink of the Family Place shelter said moving cases more quickly will help both the accused and the victim. “Research shows the faster you go to trial on a case like this, the more successful batterers' intervention will be,” she said. “The more successful they are, the less likely they are to commit another assault on the victim.”

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