Problem-Solving Justice - LAW858

3 Credits

This course explores how this alternative approach to the traditional adversarial system has taken hold and become the new way many courts resolve disputes. Students will learn about the history of the problem-solving justice movement; become familiar with the common principles and practices that make these courts unique; and gain an in-depth understanding of the various operational models. The course will also examine how the use of the problem-solving approach is becoming more common in traditional courts. Students will also gain knowledge of specific problem-solving courts, including Drug Courts, Domestic Violence Courts, Community Courts, Veterans Treatment Courts, Mental Health Courts, Sex Offense Courts, and others, through in-court observation and in-class presentations from judges and professionals working in these courts. Students will spend 2 ½ hours in a weekly seminar, and another 2 hours/week in problem-solving courtrooms. (No prerequisite.)

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