Paw and order: Lucy the labrador provides support as Australia’s first full-time court dog – Rights History
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Paw and order: Lucy the labrador provides support as Australia’s first full-time court dog

In Melbourne’s family court, Lucy visits hearings, legal interviews and mediations – all to relieve people’s stress as they navigate the justice system

When Lucy enters a court-room at the federal circuit and family court in Melbourne, she bows to the judge – as is customary. Only Lucy is no ordinary court attender. She is a five-year-old chocolate labrador deployed as a “court facility dog” as part of a pilot program to provide support for people in court .

Lucy, who is Instagram-famous through her handle @courtdoglucy, is the first accredited court dog working full-time in Australia. She belongs to the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions, and for the next three months is on loan to the family court one day a week.

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