Exporting Drug Court Concepts to Traditional Court (TJ Court Craft Series #10)

Judge Jamey Hueston (Retired) writes... On any given day, in courtrooms across the world, judges witness the unfortunate consequences of drug abuse reflected by some offenders who are in court “nodding out” from a “heroin high” while waiting for their cases to be called. A steady stream of people with untreated mental-health issues also enter … Continue reading Exporting Drug Court Concepts to Traditional Court (TJ Court Craft Series #10)

6 therapeutic jurisprudence practices for judges and courts (TJ Court Craft Series #9)

In this blog we draw on an article by Paula O'Byrne where she explores some key TJ practices that can be used to improve the effectiveness of criminal courts...  Legal actors should be aware they function as a therapeutic agent and apply an ethic of care. Judges should interact with offenders and conduct court proceedings … Continue reading 6 therapeutic jurisprudence practices for judges and courts (TJ Court Craft Series #9)

Snapshot: Problem-solving courts in Maryland USA

Guest blogger Kathleen Seifert, Center for Families, Children and the Courts, Student Fellow (2016-2017): This semester, the CFCC Student Fellows learned about the importance of employing therapeutic jurisprudence[1] and preventive law[2] to maximize positive, therapeutic outcomes for people involved in various courts. Problem-solving courts “address matters that are under the court’s jurisdiction through a multidisciplinary and integrated … Continue reading Snapshot: Problem-solving courts in Maryland USA

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 sentence Indigenous Australians. That Court was convened in September 2016 around a comically long Bar … Continue reading What can mainstream courts learn from aboriginal sentencing courts…

Creating a Re-Entry Court by wagging the probation tail

Guest bloggers Professor David B. Wexler &  Judge Michael D. Jones  (Retired) talk about how to improve people's chances of successful transition from prison to community through a therapeutic application of existing law... A recent Mainstream TJ blog explored the "exportable elements" of the Louisiana Reentry Court spearheaded by Judge William (“Rusty”) Knight that could be explored in … Continue reading Creating a Re-Entry Court by wagging the probation tail