Monday, September 22, 2008

New Protection Against Domestic Violence in Ohio

Speak out if you are concerned

Supreme Court Seeks Public Comment on New Protection Order Warning Forms

The Supreme Court of Ohio will accept public comment until Oct. 22 on proposed judicial firearms notification forms for those who’ve been charged with domestic violence or are subject to a protection order.

House Bill 562, which took effect June 24, requires judges to provide an oral or written notice about the firearm disqualification for misdemeanor domestic violence offenders. Consistent with the Supreme Court’s role of providing standardized domestic violence forms, the Commission on the Rules of Superintendence has drafted proposed language to support judges’ mandate to provide due notice to domestic violence offenders. The protection order warning page has been revised to include new language that clarifies federal law and recommends that offenders contact an attorney to determine if they are weapons disqualified.

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