National Helpline for Judges Helping Judges: 1-800-219-6474
Judges who need assistance because of alcoholism, substance use disorders, addiction or mental health issues may reach other judges, who are in recovery or who have gone through treatment, by calling a helpline sponsored by the American Bar Association. Judges who have volunteered to be a personal resource to other judges throughout the US and Canada are uniquely positioned to share their experiences, strengths and hope. Both judges in need of help and those interested in serving as a peer-to-peer volunteer should call 800-219-6474 during business hours Central time. All information is confidential and protected by statute.
Judicial Desk Reference
This handy desk reference from the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program informs judges about signs and symptoms of substance use disorders and depression, and how to respond to it.
Judicial Roundtable Protocols
Judicial Rountables are community building exercises for judges, with the goal to facilitate opportunities for judges to talk honestly and openly with their colleagues about the emotional experience of being a judge.
A Wellness Guide for Judges of the Ninth Circuit Courts (Revised July 2015)
This guide, prepared by the Circuit’s Wellness Committee and now in its fourth iteration, provides a framework for offering assistance and resources to colleagues who may be struggling or may need guidance in identifying available resources.
Judges Helping Judges
CoLAP’s Judicial Assistance Initiative has released Judges Helping Judges, a comprehensive publication to assist judges who may be depressed, chemically dependant, or have other mental health conditions that impair judicial performance. Order a downloadable copy of Judges Helping Judges.
For Judges – Are you witnessing Chemical Dependency/ Clinical Depression and a few suggestions if the answer is “Yes”
The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program developed a list of warning signs to help judges detect substance use disorders and depression among attorneys, and offers a list of suggestions to respond to such issues.
Impairment in the Legal Profession: A Guide for Judges
The Florida Lawyers Assistance Program created a guide to inform judges about substance use disorders and mental illness among lawyers and fellow judges. It includes information on myths and misconceptions, help and treatment available and how to spot and address issues.
Six-Month Checkup: Early Warning Signs of Judicial Burnout, by Isaiah M. Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Originally in the November 2001 Missouri Bar Bulletin, this tool allows a judge to screen him or herself for early signs of judicial burnout by responding to a series of true or false statements.
Judges and Stress
This Judges Concerned for Judges of Pennsylvania resource intends to provide judges practical and useful information on stress. It includes information on being aware of and understandingg stress, as well as accepting and combatting it.
Judges and Compassion Fatigue: What It Is and What to do About It
The Missouri Lawyers’ Assistance Program created this resource which provides definitions, risk factors and scholarly literature on compassion fatigue as it relates to judges as well as provides tools to effectively respond to it.
Mindfulness on the Bench, The Florida Bar Journal, pg. 24 (April 2016)
(Part of special issue dedicated to Mindfulness)
Anne Chambers, Judges and Compassion Fatigue: What Is It and What to Do About It, The Missouri Bar
Dan Defoe, Judges [and Lawyers], Compassion Fatigue, and Tools to Respond Effectively, Psycholawlogy (July 3, 2014)
Judge Beth Gibson, A Harrowing Journey Through Codependency, Perspectives from the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession (Summer 2016)
Cynthia Gray, The Worst Kept Secret in the Courthouse, Judicature (July-August 2006).
Peter G. Jaffe, et al., Vicarious Trauma in Judges: The Personal Challenge of Dispensing Justice, Juvenile and Family Court Journal (Fall 2003).
Judge Simone Marstiller, An Ounce of Prevention: Knowing the Causes and Signs of Judicial Distress and Getting Help Before Impairment Leads to Judicial Complaint, National Association of Women Judges Counterbalance (Winter 2015, Vol. 1 Issue 8)
Sudhin Thanawala, 9th Circuit addresses senility among federal judges head on, Associated Press (November 7, 2015)
Isaiah M. Zimmerman, Helping Judges in Distress, Judicature (July-August 2006).