Growth of the older population overall and increased heterogeneity among older adults have significant implications for the courts and the criminal justice system.  This emerging field of study encompasses issues related to elders as litigants, victims, and offenders.  The judiciary, as an institution, is now facing an increase in the numbers o folder people in the courthouse, often propelled by underlining health issues unrecognized by individual judges. Our research is the first to explore these issues and to address how courts can respond more effectively. Our research also includes the growing problems of abuse and domestic violence, neglect and exploitation of older adults in home, community and institutional settings.

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