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Women defendants in court

74 Leichhardt Street, Griffith, ACT, Judge Peggy Fulton Hora (Ret)
15 June 2006 -

Judge Peggy Fulton Hora (Ret)
Superior Court of California

Introduction

Women present a special challenge to the criminal and family courts because of the co-occurrence of substance abuse and other mental health issues. Courts, using a problem-solving approach, can reduce recidivism, foster successful completion of probation and better ensure family reunification if they address these issues. This workshop will present strategies for addressing these problems in court.

About the presenter

Judge Hora was elected to the trial bench in 1984 and recently retired after serving 21 years. She had a criminal assignment that included presiding over the Drug Treatment Court. She is a former dean of the B.E. Witkin Judicial College of California and has been on the faculty of the National Judicial College for over twelve years. She is the 2004 recipient of the Bernard S. Jefferson Judicial Education Award from the California Judges' Association. Judge Hora recently joined the National Drug Court Institute as a Senior Judicial Fellow.

Judge Hora has lectured nationally and internationally and has written extensively on issues surrounding substance abuse, domestic violence, drug treatment courts, cultural competence and therapeutic jurisprudence. The appellate court and over 100 journals and law reviews have cited her work.

Her recent projects include an address on methamphetamine for the California Society of Addiction Medicine and work with the Middle Eastern/Mediterranean Summer Institute on Substance Use in Jerusalem, Israel. Her latest article, "Judicial Satisfaction When Judging in a Therapeutic Key," was published in the journal Contemporary Issues in Law in the United Kingdom in 2005.

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