Managing High Conflict People in Court

Managing High Conflict People in Court


A Quick Reference Guide for Judicial Officers

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People with High-Conflict Personalities (HCP’s) are increasing in our society and in our courts.

As litigants, they have a familiar pattern of high-intensity emotions, distortions of information, and self-defeating behavior. Their prolonged disputes are characterized by unchanging hostility, replacement of resolved issues with new unresolved issues, and lack of insight and behavior change. Judicial officers often refer to them as “frequent filers” who can’t let go of the litigation process. They have many of the characteristics of Cluster B personality disorders.

This book describes general principles and suggestions for judicial officers to use in managing people with High-Conflict Personalities in any courtroom, with an emphasis on family court litigants. As explained in this informative book, approximately half of these cases appear to involve two or more parties who are HCPs, while the other half may be driven primarily by one HCP with the other party generally acting reasonably.

This book is written specifically for judicial officers. Bill Eddy’s book, High Conflict People in Legal Disputes, is for any family court professional.

Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. is an award-winning author, lawyer, therapist, mediator and the President of High Conflict Institute. He developed the "High Conflict Personality" theory (HCP Theory) and is an international expert on managing high-conflict disputes.

As an attorney, Bill is a Certified Family Law Specialist in California and the Senior Family Mediator at the National Conflict Resolution Center in San Diego. Prior to becoming an attorney in 1992, he was a Licensed Clinical Social worker with twelve years’ experience providing therapy to children, adults, couples and families in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics. He has taught at Monash University, University of Newcastle, the University of San Diego School of Law, the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law, and the National Judicial College.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781936268016

Language: English

Category: Law, Psychology, Non-Fiction, Family & Relationships, Relationships, Social Sciences, Courts

Publication Date: 01/05/2008

Pages: 60

Format: Paperback

Height: 9.0 inch

Width: 6.0 inch