Talking the talk : therapeutic jurisprudence and oral competence

Bartels, Lorana & Richards, Kelly M. (2013) Talking the talk : therapeutic jurisprudence and oral competence. Alternative Law Journal, 38(1), pp. 31-33.

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In Australian criminal justice systems, a wide range of pathways to sentencing and punishment exist alongside traditional court processes. In particular, therapeutic jurisprudence ('TJ') processes have emerged during the last quarter of a century and now occupy a key position in the criminal justice landscape. This article provides an introduction to TJ, highlighting in particular the emphasis it places on the active participation of offenders, before critically discussing offenders' capacity to engage with TJ processes. The article then summarises the research on the oral competence of offenders, and argues that offenders who lack oral competence may be disadvantaged in TJ processes. Finally, we provide an overview of the limited guidance that has been provided to TJ practitioners on how to maximise the participation of offenders with limited oral competence.

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ID Code: 65304
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Therapeutic jurisprudence, Oral competence, Criminal justice system
ISSN: 1037-969X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Deposited On: 12 Dec 2013 01:40
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2013 22:00

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