LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Lancaster County’s Domestic Violence Court officially launched Thursday with 12 defendants appearing at its first session.
District Attorney Craig Stedman’s office said the court will be held every other Thursday. It aims to provide safety to victims and immediate treatment for offenders while increasing overall efficiency.
A group of specialized prosecutors familiar with domestic-violence cases will handle the caseload. Public defenders will be on hand for defendants who don’t have a lawyer.
About 600 misdemeanor and felony domestic-violence cases are referred to the district attorney’s office each year. The office expects 500 to 600 cases will go through the new court.