Psychological Trauma, Social Pain, and Therapeutic Jurisprudence

  Guest Blogger Dr Cindy Brooks Dollar writes... What might our world – not just our courts – look like if we committed to practicing the components of therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ)?  Can we extend TJ’s principles beyond its intended legal context and into all of our social interactions?  Given TJ’s interdisciplinary foundation, it seems plausible to … Continue reading Psychological Trauma, Social Pain, and Therapeutic Jurisprudence

Steps towards change – a tool for judges working with persons with substance abuse disorders (TJ Court Craft Series #12)

Guest blogger Magistrate Pauline Spencer writes.... Judicial officers seeing people with substance abuse disorder will often see people who are feeling overwhelmed. By the time they end up in court they often are experiencing poor physical and mental health and their practical reality is stressful and chaotic. Often people don't know where they are heading … Continue reading Steps towards change – a tool for judges working with persons with substance abuse disorders (TJ Court Craft Series #12)

Linking Criminal Courts with Treatment and Support

Applying a therapeutic justice approach, mainstream criminal courts can explore, and respond to, the causes of crime... One common cause of offending is substance abuse and addiction.   In specialist drug courts there is a clear link between the criminal justice process and treatment.  In mainstream courts there are many points in the system that can … Continue reading Linking Criminal Courts with Treatment and Support