Dallas County’s felony court judges begin fast-tracking domestic violence cases

Dallas County felony court judges, in their own nod to the recent attention being paid to domestic violence issues both nationally and locally, will now fast-track cases of family violence and those with child victims to help curb future attacks.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but state District Judge Rick Magnis, who led the speedy-trial move among his Dallas County colleagues, said he has long wanted to find ways to improve how domestic violence cases are handled.

“We know the older the cases get, the weaker they get and it increases the trauma for the victims,” said Magnis, the presiding judge of the felony courts. “We also know that sometimes these cases are not guiltys.”

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