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)

Creative Plea Bargaining to Avoid Collateral Consequences

Guest blogger Thea Johnson, Associate Professor of Law, University of Maine School of Law, teaches criminal law and procedure.... Since the election of Trump, there has been an interesting trend among prosecutors in the U.S. to resist the growing reach of federal immigration law in their own jurisdictions. A host of criminal convictions, including for … Continue reading Creative Plea Bargaining to Avoid Collateral Consequences

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!

Chief Justice: Non-adversarial approaches in criminal and civil law essential to “effective justice”

At the recent Second International Conference on Non-adversarial Justice: integrating theory and practice The Honourable Wayne Martin AC Chief Justice of Western Australia noted the limitations  of a purely adversarial system and proposed  that development and expansion of the principles of non-adversarial justice is essential if the criminal and civil legal systems are to provide effective … Continue reading Chief Justice: Non-adversarial approaches in criminal and civil law essential to “effective justice”

Creating a Re-Entry Court by wagging the probation tail

Guest bloggers Professor David B. Wexler &  Judge Michael D. Jones  (Retired) talk about how to improve people's chances of successful transition from prison to community through a therapeutic application of existing law... A recent Mainstream TJ blog explored the "exportable elements" of the Louisiana Reentry Court spearheaded by Judge William (“Rusty”) Knight that could be explored in … Continue reading Creating a Re-Entry Court by wagging the probation tail