Connecticut Law About
Comfort and Support Dogs For Witnesses
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codified at Conn. Gen. Stat.
The Court may exercise its discretion to permit a comfort dog
to support 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 General Statutes
Chapter 870 -
Judicial Branch Internet web site. Notice and information re
animal-assisted therapy. The
Judicial Branch shall maintain on its Internet web site (1) notice that
the court may exercise its discretion to permit a dog to provide comfort
and support to a testifying witness, (2) a hyperlink to the Internet web
site of an organization that provides information regarding
animal-assisted therapy resources, and (3) if applicable, a hyperlink to
information regarding such resources on the Internet web site of the
Division of Criminal Justice.
Information and Resources
Research guides prepared by the Connecticut Judicial
Branch law librarians:
and the ADA
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.
Gabriela N. Sandoval,
Court Facility Dog - Easing the Apprehensive Witness, 39
Colorado Lawyer, No. 4, April 2010.
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