Tuesday, March 8, 2016 3:00-4:15 pm ET (12:00-1:15 pm PT) | Web
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This webcast will explain the basic principles of therapeutic justice, and provide a general description of various types of Therapeutic Courts (e.g., drug courts, mental health courts, Veterans’ treatment courts). In order to examine the day-to-day operations, the webcast will explore different structures and operating procedures, and discuss why certain structures or procedures work better in some types of Therapeutic Courts than in others. The “big picture” issues of funding and statewide consistency will also be examined, as well as several statutory schemes from different states governing the creation and administration of Therapeutic Courts.

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Why is this topic relevant?

Therapeutic Courts are no longer “new” — drug courts have been around for over 20 years, and mental health courts for over 15. But new forms are still evolving, such as Veterans’ Treatment Courts, which are now approaching 10 years of age. It is difficult for judges, who are usually outside the world of academia, to gain exposure to both the detailed workings and the large scale issues associated with Therapeutic Courts.


After this webcast, you will be able to:

  • Outline the general concepts that govern Therapeutic Courts.
  • Identify the daily procedures that are most appropriate to their jurisdictions.
  • Determine and advocate for the best structure for Therapeutic Courts within their states.


Hon. Michael Finkle, judge, King County Regional Mental Health Court and Regional Veterans Court, Seattle, WA