Published: June, 2012| Melissa Labriola, Ph.D., Judge Mike Denton

A growing number of criminal courts nationwide handle domestic violence cases on separate calendars, termed domestic violence courts. With funding from the National Institute of Justice, this study explores how criminal domestic violence courts have evolved, their rationale, and how their operations vary across the U.S. The aim is to present a comprehensive national portrait of the field as it exists today, laying the groundwork for future information exchange and research. Faculty discuss the above research and implications for specialized criminal DV courts. They further consider the current crisis in courts across the U.S., e.g. closings, furloughs, delayed appointments, and deferred calendars. They consider the implications for specialized DV courts and dockets and examine strategies for sustaining specialized DV dockets and courts, as well as courts of general jurisdiction.