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    Domestic Violence Bench Manual
The Dutchess County Bench Manual was developed for use by local magistrates by the Dutchess County Universal Response to Domestic Violence Project, and was originally published in November 1996 and updated in January 1998. This second edition reflects statutory changes enacted through October 2002.

Although some of the policies and procedures outlined in the manual are specific to Dutchess County, the manual could easily be adapted to any county.

The appendices (which contain the forms referred to in the manual), are not available on this web site. If you are interested in obtaining copies of the appendices, please e-mail Hon. Joan Posner, Dutchess County Family Court.

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