City of Lewiston will now handle domestic violence cases

LEWISTON, ID - The City of Lewiston will now take their own domestic violence cases to the court room.

The City would look at prosecuting up to 120 misdemeanor cases a year beginning next week. This will be the first time the City will handle these types of cases since 1996.

"My concern is that domestic violence cases are very difficult cases to handle because the victims are very needy," said Nez Perce County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Spickler.

"We're very excited about prosecuting domestic violence cases and working with the community, working with Lewiston Police Department, we think we can do a good job at it," said Lewiston City Attorney Jamie Shropshire.

Nez Perce County Prosecutor Dan Spickler said it takes about two thirds of their time to prosecute domestic violence cases. He said he's hopeful the City will be able to handle them.