The legal philosophy of Therapeutic Jurisprudence (TJ) invites us to examine how laws, legal processes and the roles of legal actors may be undertaken in a way to maximise wellbeing. We often reflect on the wellbeing of people coming before our courts, but what about the wellbeing of the presiding judicial officers? In this blog … Continue reading AUSTRALIA’S FIRST RESEARCH MEASURING JUDICIAL STRESS: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR JUDICIAL OFFICERS AND THE COURTS?
Judge Jamey Hueston (retired), Co-Convenor of the Judicial Outreach Group of the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence writes... It is an occupational reality that judges are frequently exposed to disturbing cases involving human misery and anguishing circumstances that can wear on their psyche. Traditional Legal culture expects judges to remain stoically neutral and unemotional while rendering fair decisions. However, it is unreasonable to expect judges to be indifferent to distressing matters or be unaffected by the … Continue reading The Power of Compassion in the Court: Healing on both sides of the bench (TJ Court Craft Series #15)
Magistrate Pauline Spencer (Victoria, Australia) writes.... With the emergence of technology and pressures on prison/court transportation, the use of video links between prisons and courts are becoming more commonplace. Studies have shown that video links impact on people's experience of the justice system. In University of Sydney's Law School Dr Carolyn McKay's qualitative interviews : Prisoners … Continue reading Prison/Court Video Links: Tips for Judges (TJ Court Craft Series #13)
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)
Interviews with Children’s Court magistrates in New South Wales, Australia, provide a rare insight into the views of those working everyday at the coal face of youth justice... The research of Kelly Richards, Lorana Bartels and Jane Bolitho suggests: magistrates were enthusiastic about the philosophy of both restorative justice and therapeutic jurisprudence measures. magistrates were … Continue reading What judicial officers say about youth justice…