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This is Ursula Johnston's reply. Ursula is the author of this petition. Phone 480-993-3921
First, thank you for reviewing this important petition and commenting. However, I question the existence of a specific statutory requirement that is implemented in accordance with what this petition would address and resolve for individuals who have an order of protection. If there are rules written to implement statutory requirements, where are they? Are they shared with those seeking or having an order of protection? Are local authorities and judges aware of the rules and do they apply them consistently? I can tell you from personal experience and from doing the research that the rules do not exist or are not applied consistently. As such, innocent people suffer and are exposed to danger.
I can't help but think that if such statutory requirements exist, Charles Vallow might be alive today. If Mr. Vallow’s order of protection had remained active, perhaps the whereabouts and welfare of his children, Joshua Vallow and Tylee Ryan, would be known.
Ending an order of protection too soon often has dire consequences. R-19-0045 is about safety and awareness. It is about saving lives and preventing harm. I ask the court to refrain from a cursory dismissal of this petition and to consider its positive impact on prevention, safety and awareness. Also, this petition, if enacted, is cost-neutral, reduces administrative burdens on the courts, and bolsters law enforcement’s ability to protect the public.
Further, I ask the Supreme Court and CIDVC (in particular) to be more engaging of individuals dealing with matters involving orders of protection, and more proactive in bringing forth solutions to chronic problems of awareness and inconsistent due process regarding obtaining and keeping orders of protection active ---- for the safety of all involved.