Connecticut Law About
Comfort and Support Dogs For Witnesses
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Connecticut law permits a judge to exercise
his or her discretion to allow a dog to provide comfort and support to
a testifying witness.
of Connecticut v. Devon D., 321 Conn. 656, 138 A. 2d 849 (2016)
Please note: Comfort and support
dogs do not meet the definition of "service dogs" under the ADA.
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Connecticut Law About Dogs
State of Connecticut v. Devon
D., 321 Conn. 656, 138 A. 2d 849 (2016)
The Appellate Court incorrectly concluded that the trial court had
abused its discretion in permitting a dog to sit near C1 for comfort and
support during her trial testimony.
Using Dogs for Emotional Support of Testifying Victims of Crime,
15 Animal Law Review 171 (2008)
Cases and Statutes on the Use of Dogs by Witnesses While Testifying
in Criminal Proceedings: A Periodically Updated Online Article,
Animal Legal & Historical Center, Michigan State University College
of Law, 2016.
Debra S. Hart-Cohen,
Canines in the Courtroom, 26 GP Solo No. 5, July/Augst 2009.
Comment: All Dogs Go to Court: The Impact of Court Facility Dogs as
Comfort for Child Witnesses on a Defendant's Right to a Fair Trial,
50 Houston Law Review 1155, (Symposium, 2013)
Gabriela N. Sandoval,
Court Facility Dog - Easing the Apprehensive Witness, 39
Colorado Lawyer, No. 4, April 2010.
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