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COURT GLOSSARY
Arraignment
- the first court date, when the judge sets bond, and the judge
can make a protective order if necessary.
Dismissed
- the case is thrown out. A protective order ends when the case is
dismissed.
Family Services
- a part of the court that gathers information and develops
recommendations for the prosecutors and judges about what should be done in
family violence cases, including whether a protective order should be issued.
The official name for Family Services is “Court Support Services Division
Family ,”or “CSSD Family” for short. You may hear them referred to as “Family
Relations” or “Family” in court.
Family Violence Education Program
– a court-mandated program that
provides information about family violence The purpose of the program is to
reduce the likelihood that the defendant will commit acts of family violence in
the future.
A defendant who is charged with a family violence crime may apply for this
program if he is not charged with a serious felony, if he has never attended the
program before, and if the judge agrees to let him in the program. The program
runs for 6 weeks or more. If the defendant satisfactorily completes the family
violence education program, the charges against him are usually dismissed.
There is a fee for entering the program, which the judge can waive if the
defendant is too poor to pay.
Call the Family Violence Victim Advocate in your court if you want more
information about this program or other programs for people who commit
family violence crimes.
Nolle
- the case is removed from court, and if it isn't brought back by the
prosecutor for 13 months. Nolled cases are rarely brought back to court. A
protective order ends when a case is nolled.