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)

A pro forma expungement proceeding: A lost therapeutic opportunity?

Professor David Wexler writes... I recently learned of a very pro forma—but successful—felony expungement proceeding, a proceeding that puts into sharp focus the difference between the Therapeutic Design of the Law (TDL) and the Therapeutic Application of the Law (TAL).   The Petitioner, with a many year old felony drug conviction and otherwise lawful behavior, … Continue reading A pro forma expungement proceeding: A lost therapeutic opportunity?

Therapeutic jurisprudence: Reforming the law in Pakistan

In a new article Judge Amir Munir, a Judge in the Punjab and an Instructor at the Punjab Judicial Academy, explores how therapeutic jurisprudence has inspired legal system reform in Pakistan. Mainstreaming Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Pakistan: A Historical Discourse narrates the way that Judge Amir Munir has connected with the international Therapeutic Jurisprudence (TJ) community … Continue reading Therapeutic jurisprudence: Reforming the law in Pakistan

Three Kinds of Therapeutic Jurisprudence (and One Kind of Not-TJ)

Guest blogger Professor Emeritus of Law Michael Perlin writes... I am now home from a magical time in Prague (what a city!), having attended the biennial International Academy of Law and Mental Health Congress. I have missed only once since 1992, and this was, I thought, the best of all. Most days, I attended sessions … Continue reading Three Kinds of Therapeutic Jurisprudence (and One Kind of Not-TJ)

Forming the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence!

The International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence (TJ Society) is a new, non-profit, learned association established to advance therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ), a school of legal philosophy and practice that examines the therapeutic and anti-therapeutic properties of laws and public policies, legal and dispute resolution systems, and legal institutions. TJ values psychologically healthy outcomes in legal disputes … Continue reading Forming the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence!