CACC – California Association of Collaborative Courts

Ten Key Components of Collaborative Courts

  1. Collaborative courts integrate alcohol and other drug treatment services with justice system case processing.
  2. Using a nonadversarial approach, prosecution and defense counsel promote public safety while protecting participants’ due process rights.
  3. Eligible participants are identified early and promptly placed in the collaborative court program.
  4. Collaborative courts provide access to a continuum of alcohol, drug, and other related treatment and rehabilitation services.
  5. Abstinence is monitored by frequent alcohol and other drug testing.
  6. A coordinated strategy governs collaborative court responses to participants’ compliance.
  7. Ongoing judicial interaction with each drug court participant is essential.
  8. Monitoring and evaluation measure the achievement of program goals and gauge effectiveness.
  9. Continuing interdisciplinary education promotes effective collaborative court planning, implementation, and operations.
  10. Forging partnerships among collaborative  courts, public agencies, and community-based organizations generates local support and enhances collaborative court program effectiveness.

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