St. Joseph County, Ind. Starting November 1 a new Civil Protective Order Court will have formed in St. Joseph County.
Recently St. Joseph County received a $40,000 grant from the Indiana Supreme Court. It's ultimately designed to create a better system for victims of domestic violence by streamlining the court process.
“The current system was about nine different stations, and handled protective stations, seven judges and you never knew when they were going to be set,” says Judge Michael Gotsch with the St. Joseph Circuit Court. “They were set on our calendar whenever they were available it could be different times, different days.”
With this new initiative, there will now be set days and times scheduled for protective order hearings. Making it easier for victims to find out where they need to be for a hearing.