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Service or Therapy Animal Application Form

Section 92.55(5), Florida Statutes defines the purpose of service or therapy animals as follows:

The court may set any other conditions it finds just and appropriate when taking the testimony of a victim or witness under the age of 18, a person who has an intellectual disability, or a sexual offense victim or witness, including the use of a therapy animal or facility dog, in any proceeding involving a sexual offense or child abuse, abandonment, or neglect. When deciding whether to permit a victim or witness under the age of 18, a person who has an intellectual disability, or a sexual offense victim or witness to testify with the assistance of a therapy animal or facility dog, the court shall consider the age of the child victim or witness, the age of the sexual offense victim or witness at the time the sexual offense occurred, the interests of the child victim or witness or sexual offense victim or witness, the rights of the parties to the litigation, and any other relevant factor that would facilitate the testimony by the victim or witness under the age of 18, person who has an intellectual disability, or sexual offense victim or witness.

On July 30, 2018, the Chief Judge for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit signed Administrative Order 2.38, In re: Twentieth Judicial Circuit Therapy/Facility Dog Program, and subsequently promulgated uniform standards for the application process.

APPLICATIONS

If you are interested in being approved for listing in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, then please submit applications to:

Court Innovations (AOC)
Twentieth Judicial Circuit
1700 Monroe Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901

CORRESPONDENCE AND QUESTIONS

All general correspondence and questions regarding the approved list should be directed to:

Department of Court Innovation and Program Analysis
Phone: (239) 533-1719
Fax: (239) 533-1796
Email:



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