David Wexler has developed a methodology for exploring TJ in mainstream legal settings – Wine & Bottles…


Although therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) actually originated outside the context of problem-solving courts, TJ in practice remains closely associated with such courts, probably because their structure invites the use of a style of judging endorsed by the TJ literature.  Recently, however, for economic reasons, there has been an interest in “mainstreaming” TJ and related approaches to judging.  For that to occur, we need to examine the governing “legal landscapes” (legal rules and procedures) in mainstream criminal courts to see how “TJ-friendly” – or unfriendly – they may be. We may conceptualise the principles of TJ judging as a kind of “liquid”, and can look at the operative legal structures as “bottles”.  An analysis of varying legal provisions will indicate how much of the TJ liquid can be poured into the assorted bottles.  This examination can lead to proposing a TJ “code” of proposed criminal processes, together with a commentary explaining how, under the given structures, the law can be administered to maximise the use of TJ judging principles.  In the present essay, I concentrate mostly (but not exclusively) on US Law, although the coverage is quite spotty, and a state-by-state TJ look at relevant criminal processes is very much in order.  Moreover, as TJ is now quite international in scope, my hope is that the exercise might be undertaken as well in other jurisdictions, and that the result may be the creation of a rich body of TJ thinking in a comparative law context.


To read a blog post discussing ‘Wine & Bottles” methodology click here


To read the full article:  “New Wine in New Bottles: The Need to Sketch a Therapeutic Jurisprudence ‘Code’ of proposed Criminal Processes and Practices”   click here.  


Specific analysis of a single provision: Criminal Settlement Conferences Employing the “Last Best Offer” Approach in Criminal Settlement Conferences: The Therapeutic Application of an Arbitration Technique in Judicial Mediation-by David B. Wexler and Michael D. Jones

General application to an entire code–Israeli Youth Act  The TJ Mainstreaming Project: An Evaluation of the Israeli Youth Act- by Dana Segev

Interdisciplinary focus: positive criminology as a vineyard for TJ wine.  Getting and Giving: What Therapeutic Jurisprudence Can Get From and Give To PositiveCriminology-by David B. Wexler



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