Introduction: Problem-solving Courts

Jeffrey A. Butts (2001). Introduction: Problem-solving Courts. Law & Policy, 23: 121-124.

Problem-solving courts have become a significant feature of the U.S. justice system, and their popularity appears to be growing internationally with courts underway or in development in counties such as Australia and Great Britain. Drug courts are the most visible of problem-solving court, but other varieties are beginning to take hold.  Mental health courts, domestic violence courts, and community-based courts among others are beginning to handle a considerable portion of the legal workload in many jurisdictions.  Criminal law violations as well as neighborhood conflicts and interpersonal disputes are increasingly being referred to problem-solving courts rather than to traditional criminal or civil courts.