Category Archives: judiciary

Can therapeutic jurisprudence improve family/child neglect/child protection courts?

Dr Vicki Lens explores how therapeutic jurisprudence principles might improve interactions between judges and child welfare caseworkers and produce better outcomes for children and families …

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The Trauma of the (Sexual Assault) Trial and its Inhospitable Rituals

In this blog Dr Elaine Craig, Associate Professor Dalhousie University – Schulich School of Law, Nova Scotia, Canada reflects on the rituals of criminal trials and explores whether Therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) principles can make inhospitable trials hospitable…

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Responsive judging 

Guest blogger Ann Marie Dewhurst, PhD, Registered Psychologist, reflects on a roundtable discussion – “Responsive Judging” – at the 2016 Law & Society Conference in New Orleans, USA.

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Five reasons why we need solution-focused approaches in courts

Guest blogger Michelle Edgely writes … There are five cogent reasons why governments interested in evidence based policies should support solution-focused methods for dealing with drug-addicted and mentally impaired recidivist offenders in criminal courts:

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Improving judicial wellbeing – a new online resource 

Guest blogger Carly Scherver, Judicial Wellbeing Project Advisor, Judicial College of Victoria (Australia) writes… Judicial work is demanding and intense, and carries the potential for both great satisfaction and high stress. Acknowledging the reality of stress and building the capacity … Continue reading

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Creating excellent courts

Justice systems can play a role in improving the wellbeing of individuals and the communities they serve. In a recently published article The International Framework for Court Excellence and Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Creating Excellent Courts and Enhancing Wellbeing authors Elizabeth Richardson, Pauline … Continue reading

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Can feedback drive court improvement?

Marie B. Hagsgård explains how a simple but effective feedback project sought to improve the wellbeing of people coming before the Administrative Court in Karlstad, Sweden… The Administrative Court in Karlstad undertakes assessment of whether forensic psychiatric care under the Forensic … Continue reading

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Sympathy, Empathy, Psychoanalysis and Therapeutic Jurisprudence

Archie Zariski, Professor of Legal Studies, Athabasca University Canada, writes… The prospect of attending the 2015 International Academy of Law and Mental Health Congress in delightful Vienna tempted me to propose a paper exploring connections between Freudian psychoanalysis and therapeutic … Continue reading

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Can plea bargaining/criminal settlement processes be therapeutic?

Therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) is a lens through which we can improve the effectiveness of criminal justice systems.  TJ invites us to ask – Can we redesign the law itself, can we apply the law in different ways that will improve … 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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