Article: Applying Problem Solving Principles in Mainstream Courts
"This article presents results of an exploratory study, conducted by the California Administrative Office of the Courts in collaboration with the Center for Court Innovation, concerning the opportunities and barriers to applying problem-solving principles and practices outside of specialized problem-solving courts, that is, in conventional courts and on general calendars and other specialized calendars. Focus groups were conducted among judges in California and New York with experience in drug, domestic violence, mental health, and other problem-solving courts. The research addressed three principal questions:
1. Which problem-solving principles and practices are more easily applied in conventional courts and which are less easily applied?
2. What barriers might judges face when attempting to apply these principles and practices in conventional courts and how might those barriers be overcome?
3. How might problem solving be disseminated among judges and judicial leaders throughout the court system?"
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