Michael King's blog
A key contribution made by therapeutic jurisprudence in its
application to judging drug courts, family violence courts, mental
health courts and the like is to highlight the importance of
interpersonal skills. Other, independent developments in judging have
also shown that interpersonal skills are important in judging. One
example is the introduction of equal opportunity bench books and the
conduct of judicial education programs to inform the judiciary of the
It is almost a year now since I have returned to the bench and have been the magistrate for the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. Yes, comprehensive law, therapeutic jurisprudence and non-adversarial justice have extended even to the remotest regions. My time for blogging has been limited, with the extensive circuit commitments that I have. But I have a short period now before I go on leave during which I can put thoughts to computer (and Internet).
About 8 months ago I made the transition from academia back to the bench. I had served on the bench of the Magistrates Court of Western Australia from 2000-2007, with my last 22 months as magistrate in the Perth Drug Court. While based at the Faculty of Law at Monash University, apart from my teaching activities I had been largely involved in research and writing. One of my publications was the Solution-Focused Judging Bench Book published by the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration and available online at: http://www.aija.org.au/Solution%20Focused%20BB/SFJ%20BB.pdf.
Professor Arie Freiberg recently posted an important new contribution to SSRN. It is available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1722388. It is the RG Meyers Memorial Lecture for 2010. The RG Meyer Memorial lectures are organised by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL).