Category Archives: indigenous

What can mainstream courts learn from aboriginal sentencing courts…

Guest blogger Jordan Tutton writes… In early 2016, a young Indigenous Australian man robbed a liquor store in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. He pleaded guilty and asked to be sentenced in a specialist criminal court established to … Continue reading

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An experienced lawyer talks about how therapeutic jurisprudence improves justice…

Before becoming a professor, Michael Perlin was the Deputy Public Defender in charge of the Mercer County Trial Region in New Jersey, and, for eight years, was the director of the Division of Mental Health Advocacy in the NJ Department … Continue reading

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Glimmers of TJ hope in Australia’s north?

Guest bloggers Jared Sharp and Amelia Noble write about glimmers of therapeutic hope in the Northern Territory’s mass incarceration catastrophe[1]… The Northern Territory (Australia) is in the grips of an unparalled mass incarceration crisis. In September 2015, the NT imprisonment rate … Continue reading

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Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua (The House that Heals the Spirit)

This week guest blogger Liz Moore gives a run down the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court’s in New Zealand building on the observations of Prof. Michael Perlin in his earlier blog.  Mainstream/traditional courts can learn a lot from this specialist … Continue reading

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Therapeutic jurisprudence in action

Guest blogger New Yorker Michael Perlin shares his observations of specialist courts in New Zealand and we see some of the features of these courts that can inform our practice in mainstream court setttings… I leave Auckland, New Zealand, having … Continue reading

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Resolving Indian Residential School abuse claims using therapeutic jurisprudence techniques

Guest blogger Shelley Trevethan, Executive Director, Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, discusses the use of therapeutic jurisprudence techniques in resolving claims of abuse suffered at Indian Residential Schools in Canada…

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