Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Practice: Changes in Family Treatment Court Norms Overtime

32 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2015

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Suzanna Fay-Ramirez

University of Queensland - Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR)

Date Written: September 14, 2011

Abstract

Family Treatment Court (FTC) is an example of an increasing number of problem-centered courts currently operating in the US. Problem-centered courts such as FTC encompass the ideas of therapeutic jurisprudence but operate within the broader court system. Presented are the results of an FTC case study that seeks to understand the evolution of courtroom norms and practice over time. Observations of courtroom interactions and interviews with courtroom personnel show that initial observations are consistent with the ideals of therapeutic jurisprudence. However, overtime, daily demands and pressures on the courtroom undermine the therapeutic approach.

Keywords: drug court, child maltreatment, therapeutic jurisprudence, family treatment court, norms and practices

Suggested Citation

Fay-Ramirez, Suzanna, Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Practice: Changes in Family Treatment Court Norms Overtime (September 14, 2011). Law and Social Inquiry, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2594594

Suzanna Fay-Ramirez (Contact Author)

University of Queensland - Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) ( email )

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St Lucia, Queensland QLD 4072
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