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