Pre-Trial Services is a division of the Stark County Common Pleas Court. One of the services offered by the program in the Alliance, Canton, and Massillon Courts along with Common Pleas is to provide information to the judges on Domestic Violence cases.
We are independent from the prosecutor and the defense counsel. We obtain background information from the accused and information from the victim pertaining to the case. This information is only discussed with the judge. The information is used to help the judge make a determination on bond and any conditions placed on the accused, i.e.: No Contact Order.
If someone has already posted bond, we are asked to obtain the same information and report back to the judge so an adequate decision to either reset the bond, continue the bond posted, or additional conditions can be made.
It is common practice for defendants charged with Domestic Violence (felony or misdemeanor) to be placed under the supervision of Pre-Trial Services. We will monitor the defendant and make sure any conditions placed by the court are followed.
We also direct victims to the right resources if they need a protection order, if they need the assistance of a domestic violence advocate, or they just want support in court.