Protection Court is real court. The cases you see are all real cases
Season One opens the doors to the domestic violence courtroom of Miami’s Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse to capture real-life court as it happens in one of the country’s busiest working protection order courts. Judge Kelly is an actual sitting judge presiding over the court and is not paid to be on the show.
Every person shown has consented to be on Protection Court. All people with pending criminal cases are advised by the judge that they have a right to remain silent.
Florida, like many states, has open courtrooms where filming is permitted by law. All litigants depicted in this program were advised by posted signs, and in writing that court was being filmed and they had the right to decline to be aired. Additionally, personnel, including victim advocates provided by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence were stationed outside the courtroom to assist litigants. Every person depicted has signed a written release.
In Florida, there are five different types of restraining orders that may be obtained. Although most of the cases aired do not involve domestic violence, this does not mean that this is representative of the number of domestic violence cases filed.
In the United States, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men have experienced domestic or intimate partner violence. 1 in 15 children are exposed to domestic or intimate partner violence.
There are courts all over the USA where citizens can go and receive assistance with their issues. Every state has laws against domestic violence and resources to help victims and their families.
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