American Judges Association


Date of this Version

April 2001


Published in Court Review: The Journal of the American Judges Association, 38:1 (2001), pp. 18-23. Copyright © 2001 National Center for State Courts. Used by permission. Online at


Problem-solving courts—such as drug treatment courts, mental health courts, and domestic violence courts—may be the most obvious examples of “therapeutic jurisprudence in action,” but it is crucial to recognize the potential application of therapeutic jurisprudence generally—in civil cases, appellate cases, family law cases, and, of course, in criminal and juvenile cases. The importance of the therapeutic jurisprudence perspective beyond the specialized problem-solving court context was underscored by a “vision statement” recently agreed to by the District Court for Clark County, Washington.

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