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Problem Solving Courts

Social Science and Legal Perspectives

Wiener, Richard L., Brank, Eve (Eds.)

2013, XII, 256 p. 4 illus.

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  • Covers the full range of problem-solving courts
  • The most comprehensive coverage of the topic with contributions by leading experts
  • Provides the existing research base and indications for future research directions

Substance abuse. Child welfare. Domestic violence. Mental illness. Cases revolving around these concerns keep the court system under constant stress, often resulting in less than satisfactory outcomes. In contrast, problem solving courts offer an innovative alternate path where traditional courts leave off, an encouraging environment with the potential to benefit offenders, victims, and society alike.  

Problem Solving Courts explores the concepts and practices of therapeutic jurisprudence for professionals in the legal and psychology fields. Differences from traditional criminal courts are analyzed through a number of perspectives, particularly as problem solving courts require offenders to receive rehabilitative services instead of harsher punishment.  By focusing on solutions and being collaborative rather than adversarial, these courts are seen as curbing recidivism and the "revolving door" scenarios frequently associated with legal process. Coverage includes case vignettes from successful programs across the U.S. as well as Australia and New Zealand, and contributors examine training and other issues relevant to the problem solving model. Among the topics featured: 

  • The union of science and law in child welfare cases.
  • Mental health courts: competence, responsibility, and proportionality.
  • Gender issues in problem solving courts.
  • Unified family courts: an interdisciplinary framework.
  • Intended and unintended consequences of problem solving courts.
  • Therapeutic jurisprudence in practice.

Blending basic and in-depth information across disciplines, Problem Solving Courts offers psychologists, family law specialists, family therapists, clinical psychologists, social workers, and legal and psychology practitioners a deeper understanding of this transformative aspect of the justice system.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » A Trans-Tasman comparative perspective - Domestic violence - Juvenile justice - Mental health court - Recidivism - Therapeutic Jurisprudence - Truancy - dependency cases - dependency courts - domestic violence courts - family court - gender issues - judicial roles - law in child welfare - legal perspectives - problem-solving courts

Related subjects » Criminal Law and Criminology - Criminology & Criminal Justice - Psychology & Law

Table of contents 

Social Psychology and Problem Solving Courts: Judicial Roles and Decision Making.- The Marriage of Science and the Law in Child Welfare Cases.- Exploring the Value-Added of Specialized Problem-Solving Courts for Dependency Cases.- Dependency Courts and Science.- Unified Family Courts:  An Interdisciplinary Framework and   A Problem-Solving Approach.- Domestic Violence Courts: The Case of Lady Justice Meets the Serpents of the Caduceus.- Gender Issues in Problem-Solving Courts.- Mental Health Courts May Work, But Does it Matter if they do?.- The Past, Present, and Future of Mental Health Courts.- Mental Health Courts: Competence, Responsibility, and Proportionality.- The evolution of problem-solving courts in Australia and New Zealand: A Trans-Tasman comparative perspective.- The Intended and Unintended Consequences of Problem Solving Courts.

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