SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—Four California counties are rolling out a new software system that will eventually link domestic violence records across the entire state.

Marin, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and Orange counties are taking part in a pilot program that will provide a searchable database of scanned restraining orders. Marin last week became the first county to begin using the system.

The state judiciary ordered the creation of the California Courts Protective Order Registry to help judges create protective orders that are consistent across county lines.

The registry will also track elder abuse, harassment, workplace violence and juvenile cases.
Court administrators plan to include 20 counties in the system by the end of the year and all 58 California counties by 2013.

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