Therapeutic Jurisprudence

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Therapeutic jurisprudence, or TJ, is an interdisciplinary perspective that focuses on the law's impact on the emotional and psychological health of the participants, clients, lawyers, and judges. The goal is to bring sensitivity into law practice and therapeutic jurisprudence focuses on listening to participants with an awareness of the psychological and emotional issues including stress, confidence, trust.

TJ also looks at the court system and how it impacts society from either a therapeutic or non-therapeutic perspective. It is a context for the legal system which can be applied to almost any practice and incorporated into the other approaches such as restorative justice, problem-solving courts, collaborative law, etc.

In an overview of therapeutic jurisprudence, David Wexler, one of the leading academicians on TJ, concludes that “it is not a judge imposing something on you. It's something you are coming up with so you should think it is fair. You have a voice in it, and presumably your compliance with this condition will also be better.”

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See also

  • Comprehensive Law - legal alternatives incorporating procedural justice and personal dynamics

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Author: J Kim Wright