By way of analogy, the steering committee acts as a Board of Directors with respect to the planning team, which acts like officers of a corporation. Its purpose should include oversight of the planning process by expeditiously resolving policy issues regarding the planned drug court.
A steering committee should provide buy-in for the drug court concepts by the upper echelon of policy makers and stakeholders (e.g., elected prosecutor, presiding judge, chief public defender, etc.). In this manner, the actual planning committee, which may be comprised of non-executive level personnel, will be confident that the head of each participating agency has made drug court a priority and has delegated to them the authority to make decisions necessary to implement the planned drug court. The committee should have the clear purpose of supporting the drug court planning effort. It should meet on a regularly scheduled basis and have a procedure for communicating with or exercising supervision over the planning team.
National Drug Court Institute