The Power of Compassion in the Court: Healing on both sides of the bench (TJ Court Craft Series #15)

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)

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)

Tips for using therapeutic jurisprudence to improve mainstream criminal courts 

Therapeutic Jurisprudence (“TJ”) looks at the law and legal systems as potential therapeutic (or anti-therapeutic) agents for the lives of people and communities. Under TJ, the "law" consists of legal rules and procedures as well as the practices and techniques of legal actors (judges, lawyers, therapists and others) working in a legal environment. In the criminal … Continue reading Tips for using therapeutic jurisprudence to improve mainstream criminal 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

Mental health courts informing mainstream courts

Guest blogger Michelle Edgely considers how mental health courts can inform improvements in mainstream courts for people with mental illnesses.... Mental health courts have been subjected now to decades of research. Collectively, this body of research demonstrates that properly designed and implemented mental health courts can cost-effectively and safely reduce recidivism while improving the health and psychosocial … Continue reading Mental health courts informing mainstream courts