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Shoalhaven News

Man's best friend to face Nowra Local Court

labrador puppies

A specially-trained Labrador will soon be appearing in Nowra Local Court to help the vulnerable and anxious.

Guide Dogs New South Wales has won the contract for the Canine Court Companion program, to assist victims and witnesses while they wait to give evidence.

The organisation is currently busy training dozens of Labradors and it follows a successful pilot program at Manly Courthouse involving Delta Society dogs.

The trial received unanimous support, with anxious victims and witnesses feeling more relaxed.

Ten courthouses will get the dogs.. Attorney-General Mark Speakman says calmer witnesses means more accurate evidence.

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