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The authors have previously written about the need for a disability rights tribunal in Asia (DRTAP) along with an information center (DRICAP) as part of that tribunal so that litigants can easily access the controlling domestic case law, statutes and regulations of the participating nations.

We believe a successful DRTAP must be premised on therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) principles, and that its creation would be hollow without dedicated and knowledgeable lawyers representing the population in question. In accordance with TJ principles, it must incorporate “voice, validation and voluntary participation” to insure that litigants have a sense of voice or a chance to tell their story to a decision maker.

We believe the Tribunal must operate, in part, as a problem-solving court to address the underlying problems — not just the symptoms — of social issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse and mental illness. The idea of such courts has been exported to other nations. We believe that if the DRTAP operates in a manner consonant with these principles — following the best examples of domestic mental health courts and community courts — it will more likely fulfill the TJ mandate. The application of TJ will ensure the reshaping of legal rules, procedures and lawyers’ roles to enhance their therapeutic potential without subordinating due process principles.


Psychological Injury and Law, Vol. 10, Issue 3 (September 2017), pp. 244-253