Caring for Families in Court – new book out now

  TJ founder Professor David Wexler writes... Routledge Press has just published a crucially important book that should be of real and immediate interest to the Therapeutic Jurisprudence community. Authors Barbara Babb and Judith Moran’s Caring for Families in Court : An Essential Approach to Family Justice is a slim and meaty book that charts a course for moving … Continue reading Caring for Families in Court – new book out now

The Power of Compassion in the Court: Healing on both sides of the bench (TJ Court Craft Series #15)

Judge Jamey Hueston (retired), Co-Convenor of the Judicial Outreach Group of the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence writes... It is an occupational reality that judges are frequently exposed to disturbing cases involving human misery and anguishing circumstances that can wear on their psyche. Traditional Legal culture expects judges to remain stoically neutral and unemotional while rendering fair decisions. However, it is unreasonable to expect judges to be indifferent to distressing matters or be unaffected by the … Continue reading The Power of Compassion in the Court: Healing on both sides of the bench (TJ Court Craft Series #15)

Can an ACE screening interview in court programs be therapeutic?

This is the second blog in our three part series on how the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study and trauma informed practice can deepen TJ practice in courts. Therapeutic Jurisprudence Founder David Wexler writes... There has been an explosion of important trauma-informed work relating to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). Regretfully, I have played absolutely no part … Continue reading Can an ACE screening interview in court programs be therapeutic?

Prison/Court Video Links: Tips for Judges (TJ Court Craft Series #13)

Magistrate Pauline Spencer (Victoria, Australia) writes.... With the emergence of technology and pressures on prison/court transportation, the use of video links between prisons and courts are becoming more commonplace. Studies have shown that video links impact on people's experience of the justice system.  In University of Sydney's Law School Dr Carolyn McKay's qualitative interviews : Prisoners … Continue reading Prison/Court Video Links: Tips for Judges (TJ Court Craft Series #13)

Restorative practices to further therapeutic jurisprudence in Family Courts (An Amicus Justitia Brief)

Magistrate Gabriela McKellar writes... I am a magistrate in a Family Court in Cape Town South Africa, and I am interested in how to ensure a more consistent practice of Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Family Courts. Three concepts described and taught by the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) namely the: Social Discipline Window (SDW), Fair … Continue reading Restorative practices to further therapeutic jurisprudence in Family Courts (An Amicus Justitia Brief)