Linda M. McGee


Therapeutic jurisprudence has multiple possibilities, provided it does not add another layer of cost, delay, and time to the process. First, we should see "a reduced number of cases for the appellate court to decide, fewer remands and secondary appeals, the streamlining of appeals through partial resolution of issues, the satisfaction of parties' underlying needs and interests, and the reduction of the time a case spends on appeal." Second, the outcome does not have to become part of the case law that applies to similar cases, possibly establishing negative precedent. Third, mediation allows personal healing and the development of positive, achievable values. Respect for the law and the legal process can develop in a distrustful culture.