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Metro Council joins Councilwoman Welch to pass resolution for two Domestic Violence Court Dockets

Friday February 12, 2010

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

A resolution calling for two separate Domestic Violence Court dockets in Jefferson County will soon be on its way to the Kentucky Supreme Court following passage by the Louisville Metro Council on Thursday night.

All members of the Council present joined the resolution’s sponsor Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) as sponsors. The resolution was approved unanimously.

“This is an important step in the protection of victims of domestic violence,” said Welch. “I want to thank my colleagues for their support. It is my hope the judicial system will see this action as an important stand by local leaders in handling the crime of domestic violence.”

The resolution calls upon the Kentucky Supreme Court and the Jefferson District General Term to create two separate domestic violence dockets. Domestic Violence cases would be removed from the current general docket in an effort to focus more attention on those who commit the crime and protect victims.

It has the support of Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell.

“I want to thank Councilwoman Welch for taking the lead on this resolution as the court reorganization addresses this serious problem,” said O’Connell. “I also want to thank the Metro Council which has been a strong advocate with my office for passage of this resolution.”

The resolution follows Council action in 2009 which provided $34,500 in funding to expand the services of the Domestic Violence Intake Center in the Hall of Justice. The Center offers assistance to victims as they begin their journey through the local courts in domestic violence cases.

“It is my hope the Courts will follow through on the intent of this resolution if nothing else for the protection and peace of mind for the victims involved in this serious crime,” said Welch.

Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13