New La. Domestic Violence Law Sparks Hearings
MONROE, La. (AP) —A new Louisiana law that requires court hearings on felony domestic abuse charges is increasing workloads.
The law, which took effect Aug. 1, says a court must conduct a hearing within five days of an arrest on felony abuse charges to determine if bail should be set. In the meantime, the arrested person must remain in jail.
The News-Star reports 35 hearings have been held under the new law since Aug. 28 in Fourth Judicial District Court, which covers Ouachita and Morehouse parishes.
Fourth Judicial District Attorney Jerry Jones says he will likely have to make changes in his office because of the increased workload, but supports the law.
Under the law, if a court finds it's likely a suspect would inflict further harm, bail can be denied.