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 Evaluation
On 12 March 2015, the Attorney General together with Chief Magistrate Peter Lauritsen and Magistrate Tony Parsons, Supervising Magistrate of the Drug Court, launched the evaluation of the Drug Court of Victoria.
The evaluation was undertaken by KPMG and confirms the success of the Drug Court in working effectively with individuals with severe drug and alcohol dependency to both improve community safety and reduce crime.
A copy of the evaluation report can be downloaded from the related publications menu on the right.
Drug Court Location
The Drug Court is located at :
Dandenong Magistrates' Court
Cnr Foster and Pulteney Streets
Tel: (03) 9767 1344
The Drug Registry is open 9.00 to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday.
The Drug Court is closed on all Public Holidays