The K9th Circuit Program was established under the direction of Judge Thomas Turner (Retired). Judge Turner saw the need for children to feel a sense of security while undergoing forensic interviews or testifying in court. The dogs may also be used for adult victims of violent offenses, those who are mentally or emotionally challenged, or whenever the court needs to take a more therapeutic approach.
The Ninth Circuit is the first Florida circuit to utilize both pet therapy dog teams and a professionally trained, ADA certified dog and its handler. All pet therapy dogs and their owners must be TDI certified members of Companions for Courage, currently the only provider approved to work in the Ninth Circuit.