Testifying in court can be scary. For children in abuse, abandonment, and neglect cases, it can sometimes also be traumatizing. These dogs can reduce traumatization and facilitate the administration of justice. Around the state, dogs are successfully used in a variety of cases. The GAL believes the law should be amended to reflect current practice, and supports S416/H 151 “Justice’s Best Friend Act”, which specifically allows children in dependency proceedings to use dogs in court, identifies adults with intellectual disabilities as a group able to use dogs in court, and adds facility dogs to the Florida state statutes.
Thank you, Senator Brodeur!