Results of Survey of Domestic Violence Court Defendants: Understanding of Court Ordered Conditions
Group: Fourth Judicial District Research Division
This study responds to the question of whether or not defendants understand their court conditions. Many domestic violence defendants violate their conditions of release and/or miss subsequent court dates, thus slowing down the justice process. Before this study, it was unclear whether it was because they were choosing to disobey the court, or because they did not truly understand what the court expected of them. By executing this defendant survey, we are able to assess whether or not the court is communicating with all defendants effectively and uniformly. In short, the theory behind this study is that if defendants can articulate their court conditions just after leaving the courtroom, the reason that they violate their conditions later on rests with themselves, and does not necessarily imply a need for courtroom personnel to improve their methods of communication.
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