Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2
Over the last thirty years, thousands of specialized “problem-solving” courts have opened across the United States. Examples of these specialty justice venues, established primarily to resolve criminal cases, include drug treatment, mental health, and community courts. This course will consider factors contributing to this recent phenomenon, survey the various types of specialty courts that have been established, analyze the particularized features and functions of these institutions, and compare them to other criminal courts, past and present. We will explore the potential legal and ethical issues presented by “problem-solving” courts and the “problem-solving court movement,” along with other justice system implications, including the future of such institutions in this country. This course is a seminar and satisfies the upper-level writing requirement.