Ann Arbor, MI asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Michigan

Q: Is there any way for a victim to not be in the same courtroom as the person for which they are seeking a PPO against?

Due to the mental health of the respondent there is a significant likelihood that the person would be violent or use traumatizing language as well as appeal in hopes of spending more legitimate time with the victims.

1 Lawyer Answer
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: In most counties, there are victim / witness services coordinators that can help address these concerns. A victim's right to be protected is sometimes in conflict with an accused' right to confront witnesses. But there are ways. And importantly, judges have contempt powers that can be utilized to control and punish untoward behavior in courtrooms.

Randy R Babi agrees with this answer

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