Category Archives: lawyers

Law student wellbeing in the UK: Developments and directions

Guest blogger Emma Jones, Lecturer in Law, The Open University Law School, writes… Therapeutic jurisprudence focuses on the law’s impact on psychological wellbeing. In doing so, it not only consider the implications of specific laws or legal practices and procedures, … Continue reading

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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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Amateur Therapists or Amateur Justice? Why we can’t let fear of progress slow therapeutic jurisprudence reform

I cannot imagine a more dangerous branch than an unrestrained judiciary full of amateur psychiatrists poised to “do good” rather than to apply the law. – Judge Morris Hoffman Some critics of therapeutic jurisprudence argue that when judges adopt a … Continue reading

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A judicial officer assists offenders to set rehabilitation goals & strategies (TJ Court Craft Series #8)

The TJ Court Craft Series provides practical insights and tools for judges interested in therapeutic jurisprudence, problem solving or solution-focused approaches.  Read other blog posts in the Court Craft Series here. In this post Michael King, a judicial officer in Victoria … 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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Improving civil litigation through therapeutic jurisprudence

Guest Blogger Hugh Koch writes that significant headway is being made in the UK and Sweden to develop concepts and practices in the application of therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) to civil litigation… Collaboration between an experienced law academic and psychologist is … Continue reading

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