judicial officers but the victims and the defendants. Now, we're reducing the judicial eyes that see the cases to ensure a consistent response."
Lisa Tackett, director of family court services, explained the change this way to Mackenzie Mays of the Gazette:
"Before, there was a disconnect. Now that everyone reports to one judge, he will have a better
understanding of the full picture and can monitor behaviors and prevent what can become very lethal situations."
That kind of intensity is needed when handling domestic violence cases.
As the recent murder and suicide in Putnam County shows, situations can escalate to a life-threatening degree.
Those cases are the exception rather than the rule. Those pieces of paper known as protective orders are saving lives by serving as a wake-up call for many abusers.
Having one judge and one magistrate concentrate on domestic violence should make the system work even better.