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Transforming the Criminal Courts: Politics, Managerialism, Consumerism, Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Change

Jeffries, Samantha
June 4, 2015

Source: (2002) Canberra, Australia: Criminology Research Council, Australian Government. Downloaded 8 February 2005.

While the general framework of the administration of criminal justice in
Australia appears to have changed little in recent times (we still have
police, courts and prisons), closer inspection reveals a constant reworking
of the system. More specifically, Australian criminal courts have advanced
toward a more therapeutic model of jurisprudence. Primarily, this may be
observed in the establishment of court support services for witnesses,
offenders and victims, and secondly, in shifts directed at treating the causes
of crime through initiatives such as problem-solving courts (e.g. drug
courts and domestic or family violence courts) and restorative justice
enterprises. (excerpt)


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