The Observatory for the Investigation of Therapeutic Jurisprudence (OITJ)

U.S. Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren is pioneer for creating the first Mental Health Court of the United States of America (Broward County Court, 17th judicial circuit, State of Florida) since 1997 and she is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Mental Health Institute of Legal Professions (ISMA, by its abbreviation in Spanish)

One of the agreements reached by the Council of Government in its meeting held on 31st May 2018 it was the creation of the Observatory for the Investigation of Therapeutic Jurisprudence (“OITJ”).

Therapeutic Jurisprudence is a term created by Bruce Winick and David Wexler in early 90’s and consists in an interdisciplinary way of studying Social Sciences (Law, Philosophy, and Psychology, among others) that analyses the therapeutic and antitherapeutic characteristics of legal and dispute resolution systems, laws and public policies. Its primary aim consists on found those results which are healthy and well-being fosterer.

Taking into account that the Mental Health Institute of Legal Professions (“ISMA”, by its abbreviation in Spanish) works for the well-being of all legal professionals (attorneys, solicitors, prosecutors and all the public employees of the Justice Administration) and of Law students, the OITJ of the ISMA will focus its analysis on, among all other things, all these questions which may have a direct or indirect impact on the well-being of legal professionals and Law Students.

The OITJ’s inspiration will be the fantastic work done until now by Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren that has been analyzed in her last book: “A Court of Refuge: The Story of America’s First Mental Health Court“.

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