Drug Court

What is the Drug Court?


The Victorian Drug Court is a division of the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria that provides for the sentencing and supervision of the treatment of offenders with a drug and/or alcohol dependency who have committed an offence under the influence of drugs or alcohol or to support a drug or alcohol habit.

The Victorian Drug Court initiative is a response to the failure of traditional criminal justice measures to adequately address drug use and related offending. The Victorian model has attempted to incorporate the best features of existing drug courts in order to establish a unique program addressing the specific needs of Victoria.

Drug courts have been established in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. There are now over 2000 drug courts spread over all 50 states of the USA, and they also exist in Canada, Ireland, Scotland and England. The Victorian Drug Court represents a fundamental shift in the way in which the Magistrates’ Court of Victorian has previously dealt with drug offenders.

The Drug Court seeks to further improve the safety of the community by focusing on the rehabilitation of offenders with a drug or alcohol dependency and providing assistance in reintegrating them into the community. The Victorian Drug Court commenced in May 2002 and is located in Dandenong.

Drug Court Location

The Drug Court is located at :
Dandenong Magistrates' Court
Cnr Foster and Pulteney Streets
Dandenong 3175

Tel: (03) 9767 1344

Opening Hours:

The Drug Registry is open 9.00 to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday.

The Drug Court is closed on all Public Holidays

Further Information

Hearing Schedule
Monday10.00amCase Conference
 1.00pmReview hearing
Tuesday10.00amCase Conference
 1.00pmReview hearing
Wednesday10.00amCase Conference
 1.00pmReview hearing
Thursday10.00amScreenings, Applications,
Assessment Returns
FridayNo court sittings 
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