Suzanna Fay-Ramirez is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, Institute for Social Science Research and may be contacted at Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland, Rm. 403A, Level 4, General Purpose N. 3 (Bldg. 39A), Campbell Rd., St Lucia, Queensland 4072 Australia; email@example.com. The author thanks Robert Crutchfield, Alexes Harris, Emma Antrobus, Lorraine Mazerolle, Harley Williamson, Liz Eggins, and Adele Somerville for helpful reviews of earlier versions of this article. Thank you also to the members of the University of Washington, Department of Sociology Deviance Seminar for their comments and suggestions. This research had full human subjects approval (University of Washington IRB# 05-7334-E/C 01). This research was supported by the University of Queensland Institute for Social Science Research and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS).
Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Practice: Changes in Family Treatment Court Norms Over Time
Article first published online: 24 MAR 2014
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Law & Social Inquiry
Volume 40, Issue 1, pages 205–236, Winter 2015
How to Cite
Fay-Ramirez, S. (2015), Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Practice: Changes in Family Treatment Court Norms Over Time. Law & Social Inquiry, 40: 205–236. doi: 10.1111/lsi.12067
- Issue published online: 26 FEB 2015
- Article first published online: 24 MAR 2014
- University of Queensland Institute for Social Science Research
- Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS)
Family treatment court (FTC) is an example of an increasing number of problem-centered courts currently operating in the United States. 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, over time, daily demands and pressures on the courtroom undermine the therapeutic approach.