Therapeutic Jurisprudence was firstly conceptualized by Bruce Winick and David Wexler in the early 1990’s in the field of mental health Law.
Essentially, Therapeutic Jurisprudence aims for a philosophical and ethical analysis of Law and legal disputes. The fact that nowadays’ societies are suffering high levels of mental health issues, have made that some countries take conscience about these issues and some of them have created specific courts where solutions are taken from the point of view of the Therapeutic Jurisprudence. The best-known case is the Broward County Mental Health Court (17th Circuit, Florida), created in 1997 by Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, a pioneer in this field.
From the Mental Health Institute of Legal Professions (“MHILP“) we want to work to grant that Therapeutic Jurisprudence is well-known in our country, following the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence and our fellow Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren as role models.