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Every Dog Has Its Day

While every dog may have its day, for at least one dog, those days might be spent inside Delaware County, Indiana, courtrooms. 

The Indiana Lawyer reported today that Delaware County government officials have approved a plan to acquire a service dog to aid young people in the juvenile court system.  The program comes at a cost of approximately $16,000. http://www.theindianalawyer.com/delaware-county-approves-16k-for-dog-to-help-kids-in-court/PARAMS/article/42639 (last visited January 27, 2017).   The dog will accompany child victims and witnesses in interviews, trials, and juvenile court proceedings.

Keffer Barnhart LLP touched on this topic in September of 2015 when it blogged that some courts are allowing the use of dogs to provide a calming presence for uneasy witnesses who testify.  http://www.kefferbarnhart.com/Blogs/2015/September/Mans-Best-Friend-Inside-the-Courtroom.aspx (last visited January 27, 2017).  The training of some of those animals even occurs at prison facilities throughout the state.  While primarily used by prosecuting attorneys' offices, at least one Indiana criminal defense attorney asked to use a dog to calm a defense witness.   The Delaware County program seems to confirm Keffer Barnhart LLP’s prediction that the use of these programs inside Hoosier courtrooms will continue to increase.

The attorneys at Keffer Barnhart LLP have experience defending criminal cases and prosecuting civil rights claims.  If you believe your criminal or constitutional rights have been violated, call Keffer Barnhart LLP today to (317) 857-0160 or 1-800-NOT-GUILTY to schedule a free initial consultation.