Webinar “Therapeutic and Problem-Solving Courts in the U.S.”


June 15, 2021, 17:00

The National School of Judges, with assistance from the USAID New Justice Program and in cooperation with the National Judicial College, Reno, USA, offers a series of open webinars on various topics for judges, judicial clerks, and court staff.

The next webinar in this series – “Therapeutic and Problem-Solving Courts in the U.S.”

Problem-solving courts (PSC) address the underlying problems that contribute to criminal behavior and are a current trend in the legal system of the United States. All PSCs target special groups of populations with unique needs. The drug, mental health, domestic violence, and veteran’s courts are the most common problem-solving models. Restorative justice and community courts also fall under the PSC category. PSCs look just like traditional courts, but defendants are referred to as “clients” and the judge has extensive knowledge about the client and talks with them directly. A client placed in a treatment program is monitored by the judge for months or years and will return to court periodically to assess progress and/or problems. In Ukraine, there are no such courts.

During this webinar, U.S. judges will share their experience on how all relevant state bodies and courts work together to rehabilitate the clients and reduce their risk of recidivism by treating the underlying causes of their criminal behavior.

After this 120-minute webcast, participants will be able to:

  • Know history and development of therapeutic and problem-solving courts;
  • Know principles required for problem-solving courts to be effective;
  • Understand the operation and key components of problem-solving court programs;
  • Understand a judge and interdisciplinary team role by handling cases.

Working language: English. Simultaneous translation into Ukrainian will be provided.

The webinar will be conducted on the Zoom platform. You can join the meeting at this link.

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Information on other webinars of this series is available here.