Can an ACE screening interview in court programs be therapeutic?

This is the second blog in our three part series on how the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study and trauma informed practice can deepen TJ practice in courts. Therapeutic Jurisprudence Founder David Wexler writes... There has been an explosion of important trauma-informed work relating to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). Regretfully, I have played absolutely no part … Continue reading Can an ACE screening interview in court programs be therapeutic?

New report on drug law reform: an evidenced based approach

Breaking news in drug law reform:  The Parliament of Victoria, Law Reform, Road and Community Safety Committee has released the Inquiry into Drug Law Reform Report. After significant community consultation and expert advice, the report's findings and recommendations propose that future reform be evidenced based and multidisciplinary.  Concepts that are at the heart of therapeutic … Continue reading New report on drug law reform: an evidenced based approach

Procedural fairness bench card (TJ Court Craft Series #11)

A new bench card on procedural fairness has been developed by the American Judges Association, the Center for Court Innovation, the National Center for State Courts, and the National Judicial College. Read more about this bench card and link to other Procedural Fairness resources on the wonderful blog of ProceduralFairness.org Or link straight to a … Continue reading Procedural fairness bench card (TJ Court Craft Series #11)

Therapeutic courts inspiring law students

RMIT University (Victoria, Australia) law and social work students recently undertook a week-long study tour to Auckland, New Zealand. Led by Rob Hulls and Stan Winford from the Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT students visited the Rangatahi Youth Court, Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment and the Court of New Beginnings and were amazed and delighted … Continue reading Therapeutic courts inspiring law students

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)