What is a Juvenile Drug Court?

What is a Juvenile Drug Court?

A Juvenile Drug Court is a specialized docket within the juvenile or family court system, to which selected delinquency cases, and in some instances
status offenders, are referred for handling by a designated judge. The youths referred to this docket are identified as having problems with alcohol and/or other drugs. The juvenile Drug Court judge maintains close oversight of each case through regular status hearings with the parties and their
guardians. The judge both leads and works as a member of a team comprised of representatives from treatment, juvenile justice, social and mental health services, school and vocational training programs, law enforcement, probation, the prosecution, and the defense. Over the course of a year or more, the team meets frequently (often weekly), determining how best to address the substance abuse and related problems of the youth and his or her family that have brought the youth into contact with the justice system (National Drug Court Institute & National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, 2003).

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