New NC domestic violence law removes delays for protective orders

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Gov. Pat McCrory has signed a bill into law that gives immediate protection to victims of domestic violence who seek emergency protective orders.

On Friday, McCrory signed House Bill 59, which in part, removed a roadblock many victims face when the try to file an emergency protective order against someone.

Last June, a Court of Appeals case created a mandate that required every protective order hearing to be recorded. Often, a court system isn’t setup to record the hearings, so those filing for protective orders would have to wait around for hours.

“Sometimes victims might literally have to just throw their hands up and leave before they could ever get a protective order,” said Amily McCool of the NC Coalition against Domestic Violence. “It was a real problem for domestic violence victims who literally were in imminent danger and needed these emergency hearings.”

House Bill 59 removes the mandate for recording the hearings, which should remove the delays.

“Domestic violence victims deserve the right to immediate protection,” McCrory said in a news release. “This new law will eliminate a serious roadblock many victims faced when they filed for emergency protective orders. The courts have been notified to remove this roadblock immediately so victims can get the emergency protection they desperately need.”

The law goes into effect immediately.

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