Unintended consequences? PPO cases jamming court dockets

The Detroit Free Press reports that in the 15 years since the Legislature created personal protection orders as a tool against domestic violence, PPOs are increasing coming into play in relatively frivolous disputes.

From the Freep:

A rift between two neighbors over grass clippings, a potty-mouthed text messenger sending notes to a woman he barely knows and a squabble that began four years ago with an empty pizza box — all seemingly bad behavior by people who, it could be argued, should just learn to get along.

Instead, those are among thousands of personal protection order cases clogging Michigan courts each year. …

Oakland County Circuit Judge Cheryl Matthews, who prosecuted domestic violence cases for many years before taking a seat on the family court bench, said such unwarranted PPO requests can be dangerous.

“These cases dilute the seriousness of situations where a PPO is very much warranted,” she said.

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