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

An experienced lawyer talks about how therapeutic jurisprudence improves justice…

Before becoming a professor, Michael Perlin was the Deputy Public Defender in charge of the Mercer County Trial Region in New Jersey, and, for eight years, was the director of the Division of Mental Health Advocacy in the NJ Department of the Public Advocate. Michael has represented thousands of persons with mental disabilities in individual … Continue reading An experienced lawyer talks about how therapeutic jurisprudence improves justice…

Non-Adversarial Justice Centre in New Zealand!

Under the Directorship of Professor Warren Brookbanks, the new Centre will operate as a research centre within the School of Law at AUT University. Its aim will be to encourage research and the dissemination of knowledge in the rapidly growing area of non-adversarial justice in New Zealand. It is anticipated that the Centre will become … Continue reading Non-Adversarial Justice Centre in New Zealand!

Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua (The House that Heals the Spirit)

This week guest blogger Liz Moore gives a run down the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court's in New Zealand building on the observations of Prof. Michael Perlin in his earlier blog.  Mainstream/traditional courts can learn a lot from this specialist court practice, in particular, the powerful role of culture in healing and recovery... There are … Continue reading Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua (The House that Heals the Spirit)

Therapeutic jurisprudence in action

Guest blogger New Yorker Michael Perlin shares his observations of specialist courts in New Zealand and we see some of the features of these courts that can inform our practice in mainstream court setttings... I leave Auckland, New Zealand, having spent an extraordinary two weeks here.  I did some wonderful nature sightseeing (lists of the … Continue reading Therapeutic jurisprudence in action