By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG (KDKA) — Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court says comfort dogs will be allowed in courtrooms under some circumstances.READ MORE: Judge Declares Mistrial In Retrial Of Former Restaurant Owner Accused Of Sexual Assault
The justices ruled that a witness in a trial may be accompanied by a comfort dog if that will help them give reliable and complete testimony.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Reports 330 New Cases, No Additional Deaths
The unanimous opinion in a murder case pointed to other states that allow witnesses to testify with the help of an emotional support dog.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Reports 4,496 New Coronavirus Cases, 88 Additional Deaths
The justices say it is permissible in Pennsylvania as long as steps are taken to minimize any potential prejudices against the defendant.