Judge Paul J. Gallagher
209 South High Street
Akron, OH 44308
Domestic Court Liaison
53 University Ave
Akron Ohio 44308
Summit County Domestic Violence Court
About the Summit County Domestic Violence Court
It is the first specialized felony Domestic Violence Court in Ohio and has received Certification from the Supreme Court of the State of Ohio. Presided over by Judge Paul J. Gallagher, the Court provides services for domestic violence offenders and their victims through a combination of Intensive Supervision and victim support.
The Domestic Violence Court handles felony crimes of domestic violence and violation of protection order cases between intimate partners. “Intimate partners” are defined as current and former spouses, boyfriends and girlfriends, partners who live together and people who have a child in common.
Cases are screened for eligibility by the Domestic Violence Court Team, which consists of representatives from the Summit County Probation Department, Summit County Prosecutor’s Office, Victim Assistance Program, Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties and Summit Psychological Associates, Inc.
Although the first of its kind in Ohio, Domestic Violence Courts do exist in some other states. Those courts have been shown to reduce the number of repeat offenses. One study even found the number of arrests dropped 50% after the creation of a Domestic Violence Court, in San Diego.
About Judge Gallagher
Judge Paul J. Gallagher was elected as a Summit County Common Pleas Judge in January 2007. He was re-elected to the Common Pleas Court in 2013.
Judge Gallagher graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in 1966 and earned his Master’s Degree from John Hopkins University in 1980. He earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron in 1986 and was admitted to the Ohio Bar that same year.
What is Intensive Supervision?
Intensive Supervision is an alternative to prison that seeks to rehabilitate likely repeat offenders.
Failure to complete assigned Intensive supervision requirements results in gradual sanctions that could result in prison time.
Requirements may include:
Batterer’s intervention program
Substance abuse treatment
Random drug testing and refraining from alcohol and unauthorized prescription drug use
Mental health treatment
Goals of the Court
Hold offenders accountable
Increase victims’ safety
Provide specialized treatment for offenders who are ready to end the cycle of violence
Obtain consistency in enforcing protection orders and domestic violence laws in Ohio.