Issues For Judges

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Stress is an expected part of daily life today. It is also one of the most preventable and treatable causes of many major illnesses if addressed. Reducing or managing stress can be challenging, but it can also be life-saving. Recognizing the signs of stress and seeking solutions are the first steps towards avoiding stress-related problems.

Some signs of stress include:

  • Headaches, other physical aches, fatigue or sleep difficulties
  • Difficulty making decisions or constant worry
  • Feeling more isolated, lonely and less social than normal
  • Feeling nervous, irritable, anxious or short tempered

Experiencing any of the above may be a reason to call Judges’ Assistance for stress management.


Read an article about Judges’ stress, by Nancy Stek, NJLAP Associate Director

Stress and Resiliency in the U.S. Judiciary

“Judges in the United States work at many different levels of the government and are often seen as the pinnacle of power and authority in the legal profession. Despite this envied status, the daily challenges of the position are stressful andhave an adverse effect on a judge’s health and well-being.3 While some would argue that these challenges are part of the job, the judiciary, legal community, and public in general would be remiss not to recognize the strain that they create.”

Read the entire Report from the 2020 Journal of the Professional Lawyer: Judicial Resilience 2020 

How Judges Can Mitigate Vicarious Trauma

Trauma is inherent to the work of the judicial system and vicarious trauma and stress are natural by-products. Vicarious trauma has been defined as the cumulative inner transformative effect of bearing witness to abuse, violence and trauma in the lives of people who we care about and are committed to helping. Although vicarious trauma can be a natural and normal occurrence for workers who provide care to others, failure to address the causes and symptoms can lead to negative outcomes in one’s life.”

Read the Entire Article from The May 2022 Issue of ABA Journal