Promoting Justice with Compassion

Courthouse Dogs Foundation

Expert education and guidance for legal professionals

Courthouse Dog at work
Molly B at the King County Courthouse. Molly B was bred and trained by Canine Companions for Independence. Photo courtesy Seattle Police Department.

Educational Outreach

2014 International
Courthouse Dogs
October 27- 28, 2014
Seattle, WA

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Since 2003 facility dogs have provided comfort to sexually abused children while they undergo forensic interviews and testify in court. These dogs also assist treatment court participants in their recovery, visit juveniles in detention facilities, greet jurors and lift the spirits of courthouse staff who often conduct their business in an adversarial setting.

These expertly trained facility dogs specialize in assisting individuals with physical, psychological, or emotional trauma due to criminal conduct.  The dogs should be graduates from assistance dog organizations that are accredited members of Assistance Dogs International to ensure that they do not create a public danger and are stable, well-behaved, and unobtrusive to the public. Facility dogs in the legal system are handled by criminal justice professionals, such as a deputy prosecutor, a law enforcement officer, a victim advocate, or a forensic interviewer.

The use of these facility dogs can help bring about a major change in how we meet the emotional needs of all involved in the criminal justice system. Their calming presence promotes justice with compassion.


2014 International Courthouse Dogs Conference
Seattle, WA
October 27 - 28, 2014

The Courthouse Dogs Foundation is proud to present our second conference dedicated to educating criminal justice professionals, advocates, social workers and assistance dog organizations about the benefits of professionally trained facility dogs assisting in civil legal proceedings and the investigation and prosecution of crimes. The Washington State Bar Association has approved 12.5 hours of CLE credit for this conference.

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Courthouse Dog Molly B in Seattle