State courts to share duties to protect dating couples

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton Jr. has announced that Jefferson District Court will take on the additional workload of a new court to protect dating couples from an abusive partner through Emergency Protective Orders.

The Courier-Journal reports that Minton’s announcement Monday ends months of back-and-forth discussions between Jefferson District and Family courts. The two, however, will be working together to get the new Interpersonal Protective Order cases processed.

The new protective orders expand coverage to dating couples and those who report being stalked after the law goes into effect Jan. 1.

Minton says the arrangement will continue for at least a six-month trial period. During that time, the court will study the case volume and its effects upon district court dockets to determine if changes need to be made.

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