NJP was granted leave to appear as amicus (friend of the court) in an important recent Supreme Court case of Aiken v. Aiken, Supreme Court No.92631-0. In Aiken, a father challenged entry of a domestic violence protection order and sought cross-examination of his teenage daughter, who had attempted suicide to avoid visitation with the abusive father. NJP-Everett’s Mark Ferraz was allowed to present oral argument as amicus and he and NJP-Tacoma’s Jennifer Ammons co-authored NJP’s brief. The Supreme Court held there is no right to cross examination or live testimony before entry of a domestic violence protection order, upholding the prior decision in Gourley v. Gourley, that allowing testimony and cross-examination must be determined on a case-by-case basis. The court stated: While individual circumstances may warrant the cross-examination and live testimony of child witnesses under due process principles before a domestic violence protection order can be issued, there is no statutory right to either under chapter 26.50 RCW.