Judicial wellbeing organisations
Judicial Research Project
Flinders University, South Australia
Led by Professors Kathy Mack and Sharyn Roach Anleu, the Flinders University Judicial Research Project has used varied empirical strategies to undertake wide-ranging research into the Australian judiciary. This is the only judicial research centre in Australia, and has generated numerous publications and reports on the Australian judicial experience, focusing specifically on judicial workload and job satisfaction.
Judicial Stress Resource Guide
National Centre for State Courts, USA
The National Centre for State Courts is the pre-eminent support organisation for the American courts – a clearinghouse for research, comparative data, education and consulting services. Their Judicial Stress Resource Guide curates a large number of empirical and theoretical papers concerning the causes and impact of judicial stress, judicial ethics and accountability, judicial stress management, and subject abuse.
New Jersey Judges Assistance Program
New Jersey, USA
Predominantly established as a means for New Jersey judges to access confidential counselling and psychological support, the website for this unique program also provides succinct and practical information relating to stress, alcohol use, depression and personal safety, including ‘self-tests’ to assist judges to determine if their experiences indicate concern.
New York Judicial Assistance Program
New York, USA
This document explains the process undertaken by a panel of judges in the State of New York in 2009, to establish a Judicial Assistance Program. It details the options and challenges considered by the panel, the interventions piloted, and the recommendations made.
Judicial Family Institute
A Committee of the Conference of Chief Justices, USA
This is a national organisation providing information and education on topics of concern for judicial households and their family members. It includes links to services available for judges and their family members in each state.
Legal wellbeing organisations
A joint initiative of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) and the Victorian Bar Arising out of the LIV’s consultation on mental health in the legal profession, the WATL Foundation supports the mental health and wellbeing of the Victorian legal profession, by providing to members 24-hour phone assistance and free face-to-face counselling. Excellent fact sheets are also available. WATL’s Patron is Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC, and WALT’s Ambassadors include Justice Shane Marshall and Mr Robert Richter QC.
Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation (TJMF)
Independent, volunteer, charitable organisation
Widely considered the peak organisation for work-related psychological ill-health within the Australian legal profession, TJMF’s objective is to create greater awareness of anxiety and depression in the profession and to promote psychological health and safety. To this end, TJMF commissions research (e.g. Courting the Blues), organises nation-wide events, and develops best-practice guidelines for the profession to support lawyer mental health. The TJMF Board is made up of judges, distinguished legal academics, and partners of major Australian law firms.
Wellness Network for Law (Network)
Community of Australian legal academics, practitioners and students
The Network is committed to addressing the high levels of psychological distress experienced in the law, and promoting wellness at law school, in the legal academy and in the profession. This website contains a succinct library of research and general information on lawyer wellness, as well as papers and presentation slides from the Network’s annual forums.
Love Law, Live Life
Queensland Law Society
An excellent and comprehensive resource for all Australian lawyers, providing videos and factsheets on the early signs of psychological distress, as well as ‘self-tests’, relevant news articles and information about helping others.
Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Legal Profession
Law Council of Australia (LCA)
This page on the LCA’s website provides links to national resources and services supporting psychological wellbeing in the legal profession, and information on the support mechanisms established by the professional organisations within each state.
Registered Charity in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man, & Republic of Ireland
The most comprehensive web-resource on lawyer wellbeing. LawCare was established in 1997 as an advisory and support service for lawyers and their families. A primary function of LawCare is to provide confidential counselling to lawyers in distress. In addition, this website is an excellent resource for lawyers on different manifestations of work-related ill-health include alcoholism, panic, depression and adrenaline addiction. There are links to self-tests, fact-sheets, explanations of treatments, and information about how to help others.
New Zealand Law Society
A brilliant online resource, aimed at enhancing the health and wellbeing of members of New Zealand’s legal community, but equally applicable to Australia. Providing carefully curated information on addiction, depression and stress, as well as self-tests, information about treatments, and personal stories from senior members of the NZ legal profession, this is an excellent resource to turn to.