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What Magistrates Need to Know About Domestic Violence

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This is a new course designed to educate magistrates on a broad array of issues related to domestic violence. In addition to sessions focusing on criminal law and procedure, the course will include informational and pragmatic sessions designed to assist magistrates in making specific improvements in the performance of their responsibilities in this area. This training will include an optional three-hour session related to issuing ex parte domestic violence protective orders (sometimes called "50B orders").

Who should attend

  • Public Officials - Courts and Judicial Administration Roles
  • Magistrates


Dona Lewandowski joined the faculty of the Institute of Government in 1985 and spent the next five years writing, teaching, and consulting with district court judges in the area of family law. In 1990, following the birth of her son, she left the Institute to devote full time to her family. She r...

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