Why Judges, Lawyers, and Court Employees Need More Mental Health Support
Mental health and the judicial and legal system are inextricably tied, especially in the United
Mental health and the judicial and legal system are inextricably tied, especially in the United States. Evidence of this connection is everywhere; from the high number of incarcerated individuals that have mental health issues to the establishment of mental health courts that puts judges in a dual role of legal expert and behavioral healthcare advisor. In addition to considering and improving how the court system handles cases of mental illness within the justice system, it is also important to contemplate the mental health of those who work in the system – including judges, clerks, lawyers and court administrators – and how their workplace inherently creates challenges.