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!

Responsive judging 

Guest blogger Ann Marie Dewhurst, PhD, Registered Psychologist, reflects on a roundtable discussion - “Responsive Judging” - at the 2016 Law & Society Conference in New Orleans, USA. The panel of four judges included Kevin Burke (USA), Michael Jones(USA), Pauline Spencer (Australia) and Rick Verschoof (Nederland) was facilitated by Tania Sourdin (Dean of Law, University … Continue reading Responsive judging 

Stay Tuned for a New TJ Membership Organization

For over a quarter of a century, the growing therapeutic jurisprudence movement has existed as an informal, multidisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, judges, and students.We are now ready to take things to the next level.  Plans are underway to create a new, international, learned society dedicated to TJ.  This non-profit organization will consolidate many existing … Continue reading Stay Tuned for a New TJ Membership Organization

Creating excellent courts

Justice systems can play a role in improving the wellbeing of individuals and the communities they serve. In a recently published article The International Framework for Court Excellence and Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Creating Excellent Courts and Enhancing Wellbeing authors Elizabeth Richardson, Pauline Spencer and David Wexler discuss two tools that can be used to improve court performance … Continue reading Creating excellent courts

Therapeutic Jurisprudence: New Zealand Perspectives – a new book for law reformers everywhere

David Wexler, co founder of the concept of Therapeutic Jurisprudence (TJ) introduces a seminal book edited by Warren Brookbanks, Professor of Law, The University of Auckland, New Zealand entitled Therapeutic Jurisprudence: New Zealand Perspectives. Wexler acknowledges discrepancies between the fluidity of responses necessary for administrating therapeutic justice, and the robust structures required for administering the … Continue reading Therapeutic Jurisprudence: New Zealand Perspectives – a new book for law reformers everywhere