Therapeutic Jurisprudence in the Appellate Arena

Posted: 12 Jun 2001  

David B. Wexler

University of Puerto Rico - School of Law; University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Abstract

Therapeutic Jurisprudence (TJ) is a perspective that focuses on the impact of the law on emotional life and psychological well-being. TJ originated in the field of mental health law but soon developed into a therapeutic lens to look at the law in general. Recently, therapeutic jurisprudence has been moving from the academy to the world of judging and law practice.

Most judicial interest has related to trial courts confronting issues of drug abuse and treatment, domestic violence, family law issues and the like. The current essay, however, discusses the potential application of TJ in the appellate arena.

The essay serves as an introduction to a symposium where appellate and trial judges, lawyers and law professor ponder the role of TJ in the appellate courts. The introductory essay indicates the potential breadth of a TJ approach in the appellate arena. One such approach would be for courts to develop doctrinal rules that will promote dialogue. Another is for the court to pay particular attention to the language used in its opinion. The essay introduces these issues, and they are then developed further by the other contributions to the symposium.

Suggested Citation

Wexler, David B., Therapeutic Jurisprudence in the Appellate Arena. Seattle University Law Review, Vol. 24, pp. 217-222, 2000 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=272933

David B. Wexler (Contact Author)

University of Puerto Rico - School of Law ( email )

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University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

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