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 Australia and author of the Solution-Focused Bench Book,  shares a tool he uses in court … Continue reading A judicial officer assists offenders to set rehabilitation goals & strategies (TJ Court Craft Series #8)

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 jurisprudence. It also afforded an opportunity to continue my reflections on the role of sympathy … Continue reading Sympathy, Empathy, Psychoanalysis and Therapeutic Jurisprudence

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 the wellbeing of people involved in it? Plea bargaining, settlement conferences and other processes that seek … Continue reading Can plea bargaining/criminal settlement processes be therapeutic?

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 producing robust models of how therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) principles - maximising therapeutic outcomes and minimising … Continue reading Improving civil litigation through therapeutic jurisprudence

Can Therapeutic Judging be applied in mainstream  Family/Child Protection Courts?

Does TJ require a specialized court, with all its accoutrements?  Or can it be deployed in even the most overburdened and under resourced of traditional courts?   Guest blogger Vicki Lens, JD, Ph.D., Columbia University writes about her recent study... Over the last few decades, specialized problem solving courts have proliferated, with TJ exemplifying some … Continue reading Can Therapeutic Judging be applied in mainstream  Family/Child Protection Courts?