The TJ Mainstreaming Project: An Evaluation of the Israeli Youth Act
Segev D. 2014. The TJ mainstreaming Project: An evaluation of the Israeli Youth Act. The Arizona Summit Law Review, 7 (3): 527-538.
12 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2013 Last revised: 2 Jul 2014
Date Written: July 21, 2013
Recently, there has been a growing interest in evaluating the legal landscape of various jurisdictions to see whether Therapeutic Jurisprudence (TJ) and related practices and techniques can be mainstreamed within the courts. This paper takes part in the mainstreaming project by evaluating youth justice legislation in Israel to see whether it is TJ friendly and can allow for it to be mainstreamed. An analysis of the Youth Act uncovers that the legal landscape of youth justice in Israel is, by-and-large, TJ friendly and can thus be mainstreamed. However, there are some possible obstacles seen as unfriendly to TJ and may undermine the court’s ability to enhance therapeutic consequences. Possible solutions are also offered.
Keywords: therapeutic jurisprudence, youth justice, case study, TJ friendly, court, oral competence
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