This is the most difficult system to work in, in my opinion. It is the most caught up in heirachy, dogma, black and white thinking, stuck-ness and lack of human-ness.
I haven't had a lot to do with this system until recently and I have to say that I sat in the court room shaking my head most of the time. I just couldn't make sense of how it was operating. In fact I left feeling quite angry.
On my train trip home I decided I needed to turn this anger into something productive!
This system appeared to be relying on the interpretation of the law by an individual (the Judge). Depending on which Judge you got depends on how you fare.
I got to wondering if lawyers and judges actually have training in how to leave their own bias out of decisions they make. I got curious about their training and what they were taught.
This may sound critical and it is, but I am stating my own observations and my experience. I also sit with many women who have to deal with this system and find it frustrating and far from just.
I actually don't even know if there is space in this system for trauma informed care. I am willing to give it a try is anyone in this system is.