California will now enforce Canadian law

July 24, 2017 12:38pm

•  Applies to Canadian domestic violence protection orders

•  “We need to protect victims of domestic violence regardless of area”

California law enforcement officers will soon be allowed to enforce Canadian domestic violence protection orders within California under a new law.

“California and Canada enjoy significant cross-border trade, travel, and partnership. We need to protect victims of domestic violence regardless of area,” says state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, author of the legislation. “It’s my hope that states across the nation will follow suit.”

Canadian Consul General Brandon Lee says collaboration is key to finding solutions to common public safety and security challenges. “This bill will ensure vulnerable Canadian families receive protection under the law in California and reinforces an important precedent for other states,” he says.

Canada already recognizes domestic violence restraining orders issued by California courts. In 2011, the Uniform Law Conference of Canada approved the Uniform Enforcement of Canadian Judgments and Decrees Act, which provides for the recognition of foreign protection orders, including those of the United States.

With the passage of Mr. Dodd's bill, California will provide similar credence to domestic violence protection orders issued by Canadian courts.

“When survivors of domestic violence come to our state, it’s vital that we welcome them to a safe haven,” says Kathy Moore, executive director of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. “Honoring Canadian domestic violence protective orders will provide a greater sense of security to survivors in knowing that California law honors their existing safeguards.”

The legislation was proposed by the Uniform Law Commission, which seeks to protect victims and promote a standard practice across all U.S. states. It goes into effect on January 1, 2018.

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