Editorial: Canine comfort can help in the halls of justice

triblive.com
2 min read
fairly easy
A courthouse can be an intimidating place, even if you aren't charged with a crime. Victims of crime can have to relive their worst moments while facing down an attacker. A witness might have to find the strength to participate in the process. Family court cases, such as custody disputes,
TribLIVE's Daily and Weekly email newsletters deliver the news you want and information you need, right to your inbox.

A courthouse can be an intimidating place, even if you aren't charged with a crime.

Victims of crime can have to relive their worst moments while facing down an attacker. A witness might have to find the strength to participate in the process. Family court cases, such as custody disputes, can be particularly hard to navigate for kids pulled between parents.

And that is why, sometimes, a friend can make it all easier. A warm presence that just helps calm and settle in the midst of a tense situation. But having a person sitting alongside on the witness stand isn't an option.

That is where a dog can be man's — or woman's or child's — best friend.

The idea of courthouse dogs started in Mississippi more than 20 years ago. Sometimes…
TribuneReview
Read full article