An Introduction to Process for Anyone Who’s Been Falsely Accused on a Restraining Order Petition and Doesn’t Know Anything about the Law

TALKING BACK to restraining orders

Representations of legal process on TV and in the movies are misleading. Judges are not sage, and they don’t care about you or your rights any more than they have to. People are falsely accused on restraining order petitions who may never have seen the inside of a courtroom before. They may enter with the expectations that they will be granted a judge’s compassionate and deliberate attention, and that if they tell the truth, they will be exonerated. These expectations are wrong.

  1. Law is about rules; it is not about truth, evidence, or morality.
  2. Judges don’t make the rules, but laws license judges to act independently as they “deem appropriate.”
  3. Judges can do whatever they want, which includes ignoring truth, evidence, and morality; ignoring truth, evidence, and morality isn’t against the rules.
  4. Judges aren’t accountable for anything they do unless it violates the law, which extends them broad…

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