The latest research by Carly Schrever reveals where stress presides among the Australian judiciary.
Carly’s earlier research, published in 2019, provided Australia’s first empirical data on the psychological impact of judicial work. The findings arose from the survey of 152 judges and magistrates from five Australian courts, and revealed a judicial system not yet in mental health crisis but under considerable stress.
In an effort to better understand what can be done to reduce stress among the judiciary, Carly further analysed the survey data to identify which judicial officers are most stressed and why. These latest findings confirm empirically that it is judicial officers in the high-volume, lower courts – magistrates – that are under the most stress, exacerbated by reduced experiences of autonomy and relatedness.
You can learn about the demographic and workplace factors that drive judicial stress by reading Carly’s latest research paper below.
Carly has also summarised her latest research findings in an article she has written for the University of Melbourne publication ‘Pursuit’.
Read Carly’s research paper (subscription required)